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Soccer Injury Prevention

Posted by admin on December 28th, 2008 filed in Prevention

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Preventing Soccer Injuries

There are various types of soccer injuries such as sprains, fractures, bruises, strains, etc. However, you can take some precautions to prevent such soccer injuries.

Soccer is one of the popular sports among the youth. It is a good form of exercise and fun activity. This game is full of energy and enthusiasm. Playing soccer is beneficial for physical fitness and overall health. Soccer ground is such a place that offers a lot of fun and excitement. But at the same time, it is a source of a number of playground injuries. Some of the injuries can really be very serious and the person has to face long-term consequences.

Common Soccer Injuries

Soccer injuries can be acute (traumatic) injuries or cumulative (overuse) injuries. Acute or traumatic injuries are due to sudden impact or force. Overuse soccer injuries result from stress on joints, muscles and soft tissues without proper time for healing. Such injuries start as a small, nagging pain and if left untreated, they result in a debilitating injury. Most soccer injuries involve knee, ankle and hip region. Soccer injuries are strains, sprains, bruises, fractures, abrasions and muscle-tendon injuries. Soccer players often get the injuries to upper leg, lower leg and head. Lower leg injury is due to the contact with other players. Knees and ankles are most commonly injured. Head injury results from heading the ball, head to head contact with another player or being struck by a ball kicked at high speed. Some other causes of soccer injuries are over-exertion, falls, being struck by the ball and overuse. Some of the common soccer injuries include knee ligament sprains, ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis, concussion, muscular strains, Iliotibial Band syndrome and meniscus tears. Knee injuries are also very common in soccer players.

How to prevent soccer injuries?

Soccer injuries can be very severe and may leave serious, long-term consequences. Hence, it’s very important to take all the necessary precautions in order to prevent soccer injuries. Here are some useful tips for preventing soccer injuries:

  • Always take enough time to warm up and stretch. Stretching exercises are necessary especially for your knees, hips, calves and thighs. Research studies have proved that cold muscles are more vulnerable to injury. Warm up your muscles with stationery cycling, walking or running in place for about 3-5 minutes. Then gently and slowly stretch your muscles, holding each stretch for about 30 seconds.
  • Warm-up is very important for your body. It increases your body temperature and prepares it for physical activity. Kicking the ball without warm-up can cause certain injuries.
  • If you experience pain in any of your body part, then have a rest for some time. Pain can be a warning sign of injury and hence, it should not be neglected.
  • You need to be knowledgeable about basic first-aid. You should be able to manage some minor injuries such as minor sprains, strains, bruises, facial cuts or minor tendinitis/tendonitis.
  • There should be appropriate preparations for emergency situations at the soccer ground. Medical personnel should be there at the ground to treat the common soccer injuries.
  • Always wear shin guards in order to protect your lower legs. Select the shoes with molded cleats or ribbed soles. Shoes with screw-in cleats can lead to a greater risk of injury.
  • Don’t crawl or sit on the goal. Avoid hanging from the net. Many soccer injuries are associated with falling the goals onto the players.
  • Always use nonabsorbent, synthetic balls on wet playing fields. Leather balls may get waterlogged and heavy and increase the risk of injury.
  • Keep the playing surface in good condition. Holes on the ground should be filled. Playing ground should be kept free from debris and obstructions.

So, next time before you go to the soccer ground, don’t forget to take these precautions for preventing soccer injuries. After all, prevention is better than cure, isn’t it?

By Reshma Jirage Published: 11/22/2008

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2 Responses to “Soccer Injury Prevention”

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