The 3 Most Common Soccer Injuries

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).

Overuse injuries

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.

Impact injuries

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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At Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy, our highly experienced team of physiotherapists have rehabilitated many patients successfully after sustaining a sporting injury. We offer the support and guidance you need to achieve your pre-injury status and to get on with life as soon as possible.

If you would like further information about our customised rehabilitation programs for sporting injuries, please feel free to contact the clinic today by calling (02) 4721 7798 or by emailing You can also click here to book an initial consultation.

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.