Soccer is a great sport to get either yourself or your kids involved in. It teaches and can enhance many skills, such as coordination, agility and endurance. In addition to developing skills, soccer also encourages team work and cooperation.
That being said, no sport, including soccer, is without its risks for injuries. This is simply an unfortunate truth about any sport, but especially ones where there will be some physical contact with other players. That being said, there are things you or your child can do to help minimize and avoid injuries. Below is a list of some of the top injuries in soccer and how you can avoid them.
Sprains and Tears
According to this article in StopSportsInjuries.org, sprains and tears are some of the most common injuries in the lower extremities. Most of these types of injuries will occur in the ankle and knee and can vary in intensity. There are other injuries that can occur as well, such as fractures, from direct collisions in the legs.
According to the same article mentioned above, overuse injuries can occur playing soccer as well. These types of overuse injuries often occur in the legs as well, as the legs are in almost constant use in soccer. Common overuse injuries include shin splints, patellar tendinitis and Achilles tendinitis.
According to this article on Dr. David Geier’s website, the adductor muscle’s job is to pull the legs across the body. Strains in the muscle can at times occur in soccer as quick direction change may be needed during the course of the match. A strain can be a stretch or partial tear of the muscle.
Now that common injuries have been examined, its time to look at some ways to avoid these injuries all together.
Proper Warm Up
A proper warm up can simply not be stressed enough in avoiding injuries. While warm ups may seem a bit boring, they are vital, as they get blood moving throughout the body and warm up the body, making it less susceptible to injury. Make sure to do safe yet dynamic warm ups rather then static stretching.
Good technique can help ensure less injuries. This means improving agility and footwork, proper dribbling and shooting technique as well as proper tackling and defense. While it may be impossible to entirely avoid injuries, proper technique can go a long way in minimizing their likelihood.
While you may not be able to prevent all injuries from happening, utilizing the tips listed above will prevent may injuries that are common in the sport of soccer. Make sure to be adequately warmed up before each practice or match. Learn proper technique and agility skills, as well as other aspects of the sport. Hopefully these simple things will help you or your child stay injury free.