On Saturday, we played the last game of the season as the coach's team. It's been one of my favorite games for team building and the sheer fun of the game-but. I didn't last more than 15 minutes before a calf injury. I cannot begin to describe the frustrating feeling of getting muscular injuries while playing football. The reality is that it happens often, and there are many reasons for it - lack of sleep, lack of hydration, and lack of training & stretching.
It is the responsibility of every player to be fit and injury-free. Football is highly competitive, and there is a small thing that can affect the team, and there is nothing more frustrating to a coach than having the perfect set of 11 players and then finding out that they are injured. As a coach, we immediately care for a player and assist, but it is equally essential for a coach to educate players on how to avoid and handle injuries. I admire the players who use elastic bands and yoga to give them the extra advantage of flexibility because 90% of injuries are avoidable. Focus on only on tact and skill but also on sleep, hydration and fitness because your talent is not visible from the waiting areas; it deserves to be on the pitch.