Soccer Injury Prevention
Soccer fans around the world are immersed in the glory that is the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament. But more than just the magnificent display of skills and the spectacular goals are catching our attention. In the heat of the match, and even during training sessions, players are getting injured. For example, the Independent reported that Brazil defender Danilo was pulled from the match against Costa Rica because he “tweaked” his thigh during training.
While soccer is generally considered safer than full body contact sports such as American football, the quick start and stop motions, as well as inadvertent physical contact as a result of collisions with fellow players, goal posts or even the ground can lead to injury. As illustrated by the above example, all soccer players, no matter their skill level, run the risk of becoming injured while participating in the world’s most popular sport.
Some Common Soccer Injuries
According to the Recognize to Recover Program, soccer injuries generally fall into two categories: “those caused by use, such as muscle strains and joint pain”, and “those resulting from a sudden forceful event, such as ankle sprains and knee injuries.”
A short list of the most common soccer injuries includes:
- Ankle sprain
- Knee sprain
- Calf strains
- Clavicle fracture
- Foot fracture
- Wrist fracture
- Kneecap bursitis
- Meniscal tear
How To Prevent Soccer Injuries
These general guidelines will help reduce the chances for sustaining an injury:
- Maintain general fitness
- Have a good warm-up routine
- Be sure to cool down and stretch after practice and games
- Don’t play when tired
- Maintain proper hydration and nutrition
- Wear proper cleats and shin guards that fit well
- Use synthetic balls of the proper size
- Consult a sports medicine professional or athletic trainer about any injury concerns or pain
There are a number of organizations that provide excellent information and tips for preventing soccer injuries. These include the FIFA 11+ Injury Prevention Program, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and Recognize to Recover.
Kinesiology Tape And Soccer Injuries
Kinesiology tape is one of the tools that is helpful in preventing soccer injuries or in helping players recover from them by providing support to specific body parts and helping to reduce swelling. You can even see Brazilian player Neymar sporting kinesiology tape on a recent foot injury on this page.
So follow these tips and safely revel in the joy that is soccer!