Not Having Cover Could Cost You An Arm And A Leg
It doesn’t seem to matter where or who you are in the football world, the words “football” and “injury” have become seemingly synonymous with each other.
If it’s not a player being taken off mid-match after a bad tackle, it’s their club announcing that they won’t be playing for the next few games because of it. It’s become a topic of ridicule over the years, but as many players and managers know it’s no joke, especially if its an injury to the legs.
Legs sustain 77% of injuries a football player suffers over their entire career and its not hard to see why.
If you ever watch a single player through an entire match, you’ll see just how much of their legs they’ll use. Strong calves will see the ball shoot into the back of the net at breakneck speeds. Quads are what create the booming “crack” you hear when a ball is kicked clear over the pitch. Then, use of their hamstrings allow them to catch and control the ball away from their opponents, but this where the problems can begin.
The hamstring is known to be an issue for many players.
Injuries to the hamstring have been on the rise since the 1970s. One team can see up to six hamstring injuries a season and a full muscle tear can take months to heal. Three other leg injuries can also see a player sitting out for months at a time. An average 13% of sprained ankles injuries reported in the UK were cause due to playing football and like hamstring injuries, can force players to take months off at a time.
Then there are the injuries that often require assessment by a physiotherapist, taking more time away from the player. Severe knee cartilage tears could require anything from weeks of physiotherapy to full knee replacements, known to be career killers in football. Then, especially in women’s football, anterior cruciate ligament tears are a consistent threat to playing a full career. Young female players are 4 times more likely than young male players to injure their ACLs and they often require similar procedures to knee cartilage tears.
There’s never a good time to sustain an injury as a player.
However, there may come a time when an injury just will not heal fast enough, you will need to stop playing and in the worst case, stop earning. We know how difficult it can be without your passion and your income, which is why we offer bespoke Athlete Insurance.
What is Athlete Insurance?
Athlete Insurance is a policy that when paid into at regular intervals, can provide a lump sum pay-out. This is designed to protect any personal income you would lose while recovering from an injury. It can also provide financial assistance should an injury force you to retire. So, don’t leave yourself legless, click the button below for a free, no obligation quote today.