A MCL injury is the most common injury sports player can receive. Since most sports are full contact sports, injuries are common among players, especially football players. Some of them will wear a knee brace to prevent injuries to their knees. Of course, any sport has its number of injury to players. However, there are ways to prevent them while playing.
If you’re prone to knee injuries, then wearing a knee brace is one way to help prevent any injury to your knees. Another way is to properly warm the muscles and joints before you start playing, especially football since it is such a contact “knock em’ down” sport.
Using stretching routines will warm up the muscles nicely before any type of sport specially the ligaments in your legs and arms. Ligaments are the easiest to injure no matter what sport you’re playing. Muscles take more of the impact if you’re playing football, but you can still end up with pulled muscles if they aren’t warmed properly.
Besides doing stretching exercises you should also include some of these exercises into your warm up routine:
Do at least 10 reps of each:
Knee hugs – bring knees up to your chest
Backward lunge – step back on the toes of your foot
Forward lunge – step forward on the heel of your foot
Lateral squats – instead of down squats, squat to the side
Adding these to your normal warm up routine will warm up the tendons, muscles, ligaments, and joints. Stretching, of course, are the best to warm up the legs and arms, so you don’t acquire any injuries. Even jogging can cause injury if you don’t warm up the body first. If you’re playing football, then warm-up routines are quite necessary to prevent injury.
MCL injuries occur from a sudden impact or twisting motion to the knee. Wearing a knee brace can help prevent the twisting motion that causes the damage.
Though, wearing a knee brace is a little awkward to begin with, the more you practice wearing it, the easier it will be to play with it on your knee. There are other injuries you can get to your knee; MCL is just the most common since the ligament runs from your shinbone to the top of your thigh. It’s easier to injure than other parts of your knee. It’s also a good idea to strengthen your muscles if you’re going to play football every weekend. Strengthening the quadriceps muscles will reduce the risk of injury to your knees.