Like any sport, Soccer entails its own set of injuries and whilst every parent and player does what they can to prevent these through the use of equipment and modified rules, accidents do happen.
Here are the top three injuries to be aware of in the wonderful game, whether you’re an elite, or a backyard pro.
Sprains and Strains
We hear about them all the time, and they can be very painful to anyone at their mercy. In Soccer, sprains and strains usually occur in the lower half of the body, and around the joins – typically, ankle and knee.
A sprain or strain is pulling or minor tearing of the ligaments, tendons and soft tissue around joints and connecting around muscles. These usually happen due to hyper-extension, twisting or rolling an ankle or falling awkwardly on a knee.
Regardless of how they happen, sprains and strains are painful, and usually show up as inflamed, red, warm and sore to touch. Check in with your physiotherapist to make sure it’s nothing more severe (especially if it isn’t improving over a couple of days).
Extremely common amongst elite players who train several hours a week and don’t have much time off during the season. These can occur as tendonitis (inflammation of the tendon) in the knee, shin splints (inflammation of the soft tissue down the tibia a.k.a shin bone) or even stress fractures.
If you are an elite player, it is vital you are ensuring an adequate amount of rest time and ice-management to help your body recover. If you are training frequently, it can be necessary to check in with your physiotherapist often to help prevent overuse injuries before they actually occur.
These happen as a result of another object impacting your body. Easily, one of the most painful ways to be injured in soccer, as usually these are a result of another human or their studded boots.
Minor to serious impact injuries usually result in contusion (bruising). More serious impact injuries can result in a fracture or serious contusion (bleeding within the muscle). It is best to judge impact injuries by the level of pain the player is in, the amount of inflammation and mobility they have post impact, and the type of impact. Any impact to the head, neck or back should be treated seriously.
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