Many a fun game takes a serious turn for the worse in the rush for goals. Anyone taking part in a football tournament at this time is subject to the high accident risk of football – the highest for any type of sport. Here are some prevention tips for you and your team.
Every fourth sports accident happens at a football match – a total of 45,000 every year, or one every 11 minutes. Many happen at football tournaments, and often to untrained players. Big ambitions and too little training frequently occur together. Leading to a heady cocktail of accident risk.
Fortunately, for the most part, the injuries are not too serious – bruises, strains and sprains. They hurt, for sure, but they heal again quickly.
It's normally the legs and feet that suffer the most during a football match. Around 50% of all injuries affect the lower limbs, the ankles and the knees.
(Source: 2018 accident statistics from SUVA, Switzerland's biggest accident insurer. Some 50% of all employees are insured with SUVA.)
Even if a football tournament sounds like fun: Sport is about performance and concentration.
You'll get it right with the help of prevention, team play, and a dose of honest self-estimation:
If you're an employee, you'll be insured against accidents and occupational diseases by your employer in accordance with the UVG/LAA. And if you work for at least 8 hours per week, you are also insured against non-occupational accidents (NOA). Depending on your sector, SUVA or another insurance company is responsible.
Tip: If you are injured by an opposition player, their personal liability insurance may be responsible, depending on the circumstances. In assessing the damage, the fact that playing football involves a certain amount of risk is taken into account, meaning that your own insurance coverage is also affected.
Most lesions can be cured fully with cold packs, ointments and compresses, elevation and patience. A visit to the doctor is not normally necessary. If you do decide to see a doctor, you should first go to your general practitioner. He or she will decide if you need to see a specialist or if additional measures are necessary.
Visit your general practitioner
The annual costs of treating football injuries amount to about CHF 180 million in Switzerland.
In the meantime, such tournaments take place practically all year round. As an example, you'll find the current dates here for your local football tournaments (in German), including full details. – Good luck and stay healthy.