Most Common Soccer Injuries
The game of football or soccer is the most played sport in the entire world. Almost every country has a national team and there must be very few people globally who don’t know the game. Part of the appeal is the ease with which the game can be adapted to be played almost anywhere, from professional stadiums to street corners and everywhere in between. As with any physical activity there are risks involved. According to statistics an adult who plays 1000 hours of soccer can expect to sustain between 9 and 35 injuries within that time frame. The figures are lower for adolescents as they tend to be more supple and young bodies repair damage faster.
Most Common Types of Injury
The five most common types of injury sustained during soccer play are;
- hamstring tears known as strains
- ankle sprains
- tears to the knee cartilage
- injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament, which connects the thigh and shin bones
Most of these injuries occur due to players placing undue pressure on muscles and joints, whether by not warming up properly or by pushing themselves beyond their limits in a competitive game. Some injuries are caused by falls or collisions with other players.
Four of the five most common injuries are to the legs, while hernias occur around the groin area. Lower body strength and suppleness are key factors in preventing these injuries from happening. Players should focus on core muscle strength and stability in training and always be sure to complete a full warm-up before playing a game or beginning other cardiovascular activity. The wearing of shin-pads is mandatory in professional soccer and amateur players should also take note of this. FIFA also recommend that goalkeepers wear padded uniforms to absorb some of the shock of a blow from ball, player or ground.
Recovering from Injury
If you should receive an injury whilst playing soccer it is vital that you allow your body to properly heal before you play again. Placing pressure on a sprain or strain that is not fully healed results in further damage more often than not, which in some cases could end up being permanent. In most cases complete rest is the best treatment for a sprain or tear. Rollators are wheeled walking frames that help you to remain mobile whilst taking the pressure off the injured leg. Once the injury has healed you should speak to a physiotherapist about strengthening exercises you can do to help regain lost muscle tone and prevent further injury in the future.
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