Most Common in Soccer Injuries
With all the media attention drawn to the World Cup, Soccer is gaining more public interest in the world. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and is one of the fasting growing sports in the world. In this article, we will review the most common soccer injuries that occur in this sport and various ways to treat them.
If you are watching some of the matches on TV, you will notice many injuries among the athletes, primarily lower extremity injuries. Besides the biting and dramatic questionable falls, Soccer does pose certain risks not only to the professional athlete but to the young and up and coming soccer player.
So what are the most common soccer injuries?
Sprains and strains are the most common type of soccer injury. Ankle sprains and contusions from player contact in the foot/ankle and lower leg are very frequent injuries. Ankle sprains can range from a mild stretching of the ankle ligaments to interosseous tears in the lower leg. Fractures of the foot and ankle are also prevalent in Soccer and require immediate diagnosis and treatment.
Injuries to the knee include:
- ACL and meniscus tears occur when the athlete’s cleat is stuck in the grass, and the torso and leg turn in an abnormal direction. ACL tears of the knee area due to hyperextension of the knee and may require surgery in order to re-attach the ligament.
- The most severe types of injuries are concussions, due to direct head-to-head contact or head to body contact. Concussions and the treatment of these head injuries have received more focus over the past several years, especially in football. They require immediate attention and evaluation before the player returns to the field.
Whatever the injury, if there is pain, then there is something wrong. The worse thing an athlete can do is “work out the pain”. Until a diagnosis is made of the injury, you may be risking more damage and longer healing time. Check with your doctor, coach or trainer.
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Should Thigh Braces be Used During Soccer
Soccer is the most widely played sport in the USA behind basketball and baseball. With all the attention drawn to the 2014 FIF World Cup, it is important for younger players to understand that the soccer players they see on TV are the best in the world.
Judging by the many women who seem to be attracted to these shirtless athletes with well-defined abs, it demonstrates that strength and flexibility are a necessary combination to compete at this level.
Many of these athletes wear compression thigh sleeves to reduce hamstring injuries and prevent muscle fatigue. Younger athletes do not have the skills or conditioning to participate at this level of play, and injuries are very common. Many of the injuries that occur are due to the repetitive kicking movements when playing soccer. These injuries involve the upper thigh, groin area, and occur primarily due to lack of stretching or hyperextension of the groin and thigh muscles. If you analyze a soccer player kicking, you will see various hip, knee and ankle movements all working together to kick the soccer ball in a certain direction with a certain velocity.
Muscle strains and sprains are common injuries in the thigh and groin area due to repetitive start/stop motions and rotation movements. The adductor muscle group, which is made up of 5 muscles stabilize movement of the leg when running in a sport that changes direction a lot. The quadriceps, which are made up of 4 muscles in front of the thigh are susceptible to injury due to overuse and improper conditioning.
All of these muscles make up the majority of the thigh musculature. In order to reduce the stress and strains of playing soccer and reduce the chance of injury, a thigh brace is utilized to protect these muscles. Most of these thigh braces are compression braces, which reduce vibration and overstretching of the muscles and tendons.
Some braces also help retain heat to the skin, to keep the musculature warm to prevent contractures. Compression shorts are also popular choices as they provide more coverage of the groin. Thigh braces are inexpensive and easy to wear. They are unobtrusive and do not restrict movement.