There are a lot of ways an athlete can injure the shoulder in training or competition. Having had a rotator cuff injury and later in life a strain in the same area, I know how bad that pain is. I cannot imagine the pain some of our athletes go through when playing in school athletics or professionally.

Thankfully, now there are shoulder braces for football that you can wear to prevent injury and others for post-injury or post-operatively.

I can remember watching Josh play football when he was younger and worried constantly that he would be hurt. One bad fall could wreak havoc on the shoulder, taking you out of the game, possibly for weeks. I'm not sure if they had shoulder braces then, but you can bet I would have gotten one if I'd known about them.

If you or a family member plays football, be sure to check into shoulder braces to prevent injury for yourself.