Soccer is one of the most popular sports throughout the world, and continues to grow in the United States. There are a number of common injuries we see in soccer players and consequently have developed several courses of therapy to both treat the injuries and help players learn how to avoid them. Though it is not a contact sport, physical contact is quite prevalent in soccer, without the benefit of protective gear, making certain types of injuries more common than others.
Causes of Injury
Aside from accidental contact, some of the bigger causes of injury include overtraining, where the athlete has no rest period between training sessions, inadequate warm-up time, or even returning to play too quickly after an injury. If you have been injured, call H/S Therapy and we can help get you on the road to recovery, and even show you how to avoid certain injuries in the future.
Common Soccer Injuries
Ankle and Foot Injuries
- Ankle sprains are a stretch or tear of the ligaments around the ankle. They are typically caused by rolling the ankle or by a hard change in direction where the ankle doesn’t have sufficient support and the ligaments stretch beyond their capacity.
- Achilles tendonitis is typically a chronic condition which occurs due to overuse. The main symptom is pain in the back of the ankle.
- Plantar fasciitis This occurs when the tissue which runs from the heal to the toes becomes inflamed and causes pain.
- ACL/PCL (Anterior/Posterior Cruciate Ligament) tears are a very common injury which can happen while making a sharp turn or when a knee sustains a direct hit. These two ligaments help provide lateral stability to the knee. These same activities also cause a meniscus tear. This is a cartilage which acts as a shock absorber and helps to provide stability during turns and twists. Keeping the muscles surrounding the knee joints strong and healthy allow the knee to remain stable during more intense movement.
- Hamstrings, calves, and groin pulls are among the most common muscle injuries while playing soccer. It is caused by the overstretching of a muscle, and if not treated properly could result in a tear.
- Use of the head in soccer can result in concussion, a condition which occurs when the brain makes contact with the surrounding bone due to a severe blow to the head.