Soccer Injuries: An overview

By RonUsher | Uncategorized

Jul 06

Poorly trained athletes are more likely to be injured

Soccer is a relatively safe sport, but like all sports there are always risks.

Coaches and parents need to reduce the risks by being aware of:

  • The field conditions: Poor turf conditions lead to higher injuries;
  • Temperature: High and humid temps greatly increase the risk for heat type injuries;
  • Athletes abilities; Poorly conditioned athletes are more likely to get hurt;
  • Pre-exisiting conditions; previous injuries, genetic concerns;

Here is a list of different types of injuries that coaches and parents should be aware of. Having knowledge of potential injuries and what to do about them is half the solution.

Also, there should always be access to a well stocked first aid kit at every practice.

  • Foot injuries include plantar fasciitis, hammer toes, toe nail injuries and of course athletes foot.
  • Ankles: ankle sprains and strains are the most common. Occasionally, there are breaks.
  • Shins: Stress fractures, shin splints, fractures, and contusions.
  • Knees: ACL injuries (higher in girls), meniscus tears, and chondromalacia.
  • Muscular and tendon: Tears and pulls, especially for athletes not fully conditioned.
  • Hips and Shoulders: Occasionally a hip or shoulder can be dislocated. This is a serious problem and needs immediate medical attention.
  • Head Injuries: Concussions from contact with another player or the ground. The most common are bloody noses and eye injuries from player to player contact or the ground.

One of the best ways to prevent many of these injuries is being properly trained and conditioned.

One of my big concerns is that many kids come to soccer without the physical background for success…which also means they can be more likely to get injuried.

As parents please make sure your so and daughter has the proper physical conditioning to be safe and happy on the soccer pitch.

For exercises which will improve their athletic skills as well as decrease the likelihood of many of these injuries be sure to click the link.

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