Football is not for everyone, we understand, but with a global tournament around the corner, some will be getting excited by the prospect, whilst others will be cringing at the thought of 90 minutes of boredom, followed inevitably by penalties. We do hope that England and the home nations do well.
Superstars and villains
So, before I switch any non-football fans off from this blog, I know that we have the football World Cup in Qatar, which some will love, and others loathe. Teams will be picked, and places on the squads will be allocated, dependent on their respective specialities. There will be goalkeepers, strikers, defenders and centre forwards, each with a role to play and each with a particular skill in their field area. And as the matches unfold, we also know that there will be superstars and villains crowned during the tournament. Many admit to enjoying the odd international match every now and then.
T-shirts placed as goal posts
Many people play football (or just have a kick about) during the summer for fun, and for fitness, whether that be a few t-shirts placed as goal posts in a park, or continued training before local Sunday leagues start again at the end of summer, as examples. Children and grandchildren might start their own tournament in the warmth of the summer months to be crowned king of the family! One key point to remember is that the chosen pitch / ground is likely to be harder during the summer months, putting some additional strain on legs and limbs as footballs are kicked, passed or retrieved from hedges from an overshoot. Great fun, but don’t over-reach yourself so that you regret ever agreeing to be ‘goalie’ at a family event!
Sports injuries / not just football related
Being attentive to the possible physical risks of strains, injuries, and related pain, can be vital in seeing through the summer in comfort. And these are not just football related (other sports are available: see cricket / tennis / hockey / rugby and so on). Through our Life Made Simple physiotherapy practice in Bramley, Guildford, when considering sports related issues and conditions, it is not uncommon to see “tennis” elbow, “runner’s” knee, shin splints, shoulder rotator cuff injuries, “jumper’s” knee, “golfer’s” elbow, dislocations, sprains, strains, Achilles tendon injuries and broken bones.
Whatever your plans are for the summer, we hope you enjoy your time, and that you are continue in good, pain free health during the summer months, noting that sports accidents can and do happen.
If you are interested in our services feel free to call us on 07309 272 555 or email Physio@Lifemadesimple.co.uk. Life Made Simple - expert physiotherapy in Guildford and Surrey.