Each week during football season, dozens of college and professional players suffer serious injuries. Contact football is an injury-ridden sport. However, don't let that scare you away from a friendly game of touch football. Here are some tips on playing it safe.

Football is a demanding game. Even those who play touch football are running hard and having collisions.

As with most sports, especially if you haven't been working out to stay in shape, you run the risk of an injury . Common injuries in football include knee and shoulder injuries, overuse injuries, and concussions.

Recreational football players also tend to have more muscle-related problems, like over-stretched or pulled muscles, from doing too much, too suddenly. Delayed onset muscles soreness is common a day or two after playing.