Here at WebPT, we’re more than ready for football season. But when we think football, we also think ICD-10. Why? Because football is a dangerous sport—after all, players don’t wear pads just to make themselves look bigger—and injuries happen all too often. But being on the sidelines or in the stands—or even the parking lot—can’t keep you safe from these ICD-10 codes:

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Tailgate Troubles

For some folks, tailgating is the reason to attend a football game. Grill up some food, toss around the pigskin, drink a little beer—sounds great, right? Unfortunately, tailgating might be a bit riskier than you expect.

W21.01XA, Struck by football, initial encounter

“Heads up!” was all Lance heard before turning around to see a football spiraling toward him. A varsity quarterback in high school, Lance was skilled, but he didn’t have enough time to catch the ball before it smacked him in the face.

It’s up—and it’s good!

T24.132A, Burn of first degree of left lower leg, initial encounter

After careening off Lance’s forehead, the football also knocked over the small charcoal grill next to him. Pork chops tumbled and hot coals went flying, landing on Lance’s left shin with a small sizzle. Everyone lamented the loss of the chops.

T33.531A, Superficial frostbite of right finger(s), initial encounter

If you live in the Midwest or Northeast, tailgating in the winter becomes somewhat of an extreme activity. You can never wear enough layers of clothing, you huddle around open flames for warmth, and you know that the longest yard is the one from your portable fire pit to the door of your heated vehicle. You also know that gloves are important. Now, out-of-towner Jerry also knows that.

Football Fiascos

If you thought those injuries were bad, just wait. Football players put their bodies on the line during every game, but some folks get injured in more unusual ways—like these:

S01.80XA, Unspecified open wound of other part of head, initial encounter

Football is known as a hard-hitting game, but some of those hits happen off the field. Why? Because testosterone. You know what gets me fired up? A great playlist. You know what gets fullback Owen Schmitt all fired up? Hitting himself in the head with his helmet—repeatedly. (Hint: this one actually happened. For reals.) What did that helmet ever do to him?

S83.412A, Sprain of medial collateral ligament of left knee, initial encounter

If you’ve ever seen a touchdown, you likely also have seen a touchdown dance. Some guys have all the moves. Brian is not one of those guys. He got the whip down pat, but his nae nae? Less successful. Too much twerk—ahem, torque—on his knee caused him to tear his MCL. (Maybe stick to your day job, Brian.)

S81.032A, puncture wound without foreign body, left knee, initial encounter

Cleats help football players dig into the turf to run faster and make quick turns, but when the guy wearing them makes a living tackling opposing players, sometimes those sharp spikes find their way into another person’s knee, vampire-style.

Sideline Slams

Standing next to the action might be just as treacherous as being in the middle of it all. Here’s how:

W21.81XA, Striking against or struck by football helmet, initial encounter

Think you’re safe standing behind all those players? Think again, waterboy. Bobby didn’t keep his eye on the game and was blindsided by a wayward running back who failed to put on the brakes. He made it out with only a minor injury, but sadly, the water didn’t survive. (The running back? Totes fine.)

W04.XXXA, Fall while being carried or supported by other persons, initial encounter

With all that water on the sidelines, the stunt team should have been more careful. During a routine lift, one of the man cheerleaders slipped on a perilous puddle and dropped his high-flying coworker. Luckily, between the two of them, they suffered only bruised tailbones (and bruised egos).

W21.89XA, Striking against or struck by other sports equipment, initial encounter

At the end of the game, some of the players decided to give Coach Taylor a post-victory Gatorade bath, but they accidentally hit him in the head. Clear eyes, full hearts—can’t hold on to a water jug. Nothing like a little knock to the noggin to celebrate a W.


While this post was all fun and games, ICD-10 is anything but; if ICD-10 were a football game, we’d be on second and goal, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Make the right call. Don’t miss our ICD-10 Crash Course webinar from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific time on September 24, 2015.

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