Early rehabilitation following an acute muscle injury (usually involving the hamstring, quadriceps or calf in a football context) is more effective than delaying treatment.
Saline knee injections can be an effective treatment for articular cartilage injuries in the knee.
Hamstring injuries remain a significant time loss injury. While intramuscular tendon injuries have been reported to be associated with a very poor prognosis they may not be as concerning as previously thought.
While players and staff in professional football teams are keen to try to prevent injuries, there is a limited understanding about what works and how to implement prevention programmes.
There is currently no evidence showing that heading a football has a negative impact on long-term cognitive function and brain health.
While clinicians are generally very good at treating a player’s physical injury there is often little thought paid to their psychological readiness to return.
There is limited evidence to support the need to complete a ‘course’ of antibiotics – when a patient’s symptoms have resolved.