Noble McIntyre on November 25, 2014
If your family is one whose traditions include a spirited game of Thanksgiving touch football, you’re not alone. For families all across America, a game of football is… as American as Thanksgiving, itself. But, if you’re not careful, that fun holiday game could have some serious repercussions.
It’s been long-established that professional football players, recreational players and student athletes alike can sustain football injuries that can affect them for the rest of their lives. Sports injuries in kids are especially troubling.
Touch football generally doesn’t have the same kind of impact-related injuries as does traditional football because the sport is intended to be non-contact. However, high speeds, changes in direction, running, sprinting and diving in a vigorous game can mean lots of accidents. Also, touch football players are not wearing protective gear like helmets and pads, so some injuries that might not be at issue in a fully regulated football game could pack some pain in a backyard game of touch.
Some of the most common touch football injuries include:
One reason why touch football can be so dangerous for some people is because they play once or twice a year but are not otherwise accustomed to the sport or that level of exertion. A family game can include everyone, but all players should be aware of each person’s level of fitness and experience with the game. Beginners might be more likely to become injured if they don’t have the same skills or technique as more serious players. They might not have the same maneuvers down-pat as do the people who play regular sports, and could be come injured if they attempt to dive for the ball, change direction too fast, or make other risky moves. Try to take that into consideration – after all, it’s a game with family and friends, and no one wants to get hurt!
First things first: Prevention! In general, it’s a good idea to make sure that every player understands the rules of the game and that each person has an idea as to the skills and limitations of any of the other players. Also, take special precautions if the ground is wet or slippery.
If you or one of your playmates does become injured, here are some suggestions for what to do:
Thanksgiving is a day for giving thanks, so have fun, but be cautious. Touch football isn’t the only hazard associated with the holiday. Check out our other Thanksgiving safety tips for both traveling and preparing that scrumptious dinner.
At McIntyre Law, P.C., we’re thankful for all of you—our friends, clients and community. From our homes to yours, have a happy Thanksgiving!