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Football Related Rotator Cuff Injuries

Football Related Rotator Cuff Injuries

The high impact sport of football requires skilled athletes to push their bodies to extreme limits. Such physical gameplay can often result in injury. Due to repeated overuse, one of the most common football related injuries involves the rotator cuff. Whether you’re a cannon-armed quarterback or a defender shoulder tackling your opposition, the threat of rotator cuff injury is all but inevitable for most football players.

3 Common Football Related Rotator Cuff Injuries

Made up of muscles and tendons that keep your upper arm bone in your shoulder socket, your rotator cuff allows you to raise and rotate your arm. The inside of your rotator cuff has several tendons moving in a tight space. If your shoulder extends beyond its safe range of motion during a play, those tendons are forced out. This can lead to a variety of football related rotator cuff injuries, such as:

  1. Rotator Cuff Tear – Often a result of overuse on an inflamed rotator cuff, a rotator cuff tear can occur by breaking a fall with your extended arm or from repeated ball throwing.
  2. Rotator Cuff Tendonitis – The result of a single tendon being inflamed, rotator cuff tendonitis can be detected if you feel pain throwing a football or performing any movement that puts your arm through its range of motion.
  3. Shoulder Bursitis – If untreated, rotator cuff tendonitis can worsen into shoulder bursitis during which inflammation spreads to the fluid that lubricates your rotator cuff, causing more pain.

Advanced Rotator Cuff Football Injury Treatments

If you are experiencing football related shoulder pain that is keeping you and your daily life out of the endzone, then consult with the orthopaedic specialists and physicians at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine. Our expert treatment plans and surgical intervention options for sports injuries are designed to get your rotator cuff back in working order and you back in the game.

Contact Our Team of Rotator Cuff Injury Specialists

At Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine, we’re proud to play a role in helping people regain mobility and get back to their daily routines free of pain. If you’ve experienced a rotator cuff injury or any type of orthopaedic ailment, our team is here to help. Please request an appointment online or give us a call today at 904-825-0540.


Sina Kasraeian, MD 
Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has extensive training in arthroscopy and sports medicine reconstructive procedures.