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Study Examines The Role Of Anxiety In Football Injuries

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Injuries sustained in football games can be caused by anxiety and fatigue, according to a new study by the Mexican Center for Research and Advanced Studies. These conditions commonly result in joint and muscle sprains in players´ legs.

A reason for the injuries of football players can be the accumulated tiredness and inner turmoil, which result from playing several matches over short periods of time, the study suggests. In order to examine whether this is the case, the research team monitored 91 professional British football players over the course of a football tournament. The scientists registered 6,030 lesions, of which 23% damaged the thighs of players and 17% impaired their knees or ankles.

The scientists found that various natural substances are responsible for different reactions. It was evident that the anxiety levels in players were increasing while they were playing the game. The researchers concluded that when the level of fatigue also rises, the body tends to weaken, prompting slower reaction times for auditory, visual and mobility actions and making players more vulnerable to injuries.

Some of these injuries are ankle sprains or tears, which football players sustain when body muscles lack the needed strength to counteract specific forces from game actions. For example, in cases of shots on goal, the weight of the body rested on the ankle during the kick, harming players´ stability and increasing the likelihood of ligament damages.

The specialists also highlighted that when players get tired, the insufficiency of minerals and chemicals in the blood cause muscle cramps, which serve as a warning sign for the body. Moreover, changes in body temperatures force the body to sweat minerals which are not recoverable by just drinking water.

What the researchers recommend is that whenever muscle cramps appear, players should be advised on the required levels of saline solutions that are needed for the recovery of the minerals and chemicals lost during the game.