Ways to Prevent Soccer Injuries
posted by Orthopedics | August 28, 2017
Soccer is a popular game all over the world, but due to the stress it places on muscles, joints and bones, it can be the source of a number of sports injuries. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 230,000 athletes were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to soccer in the year 2012.
With the proper preparation and knowledge, the risk of soccer injuries can be lowered significantly. It’s also important for coaches and staff to know proper first aid methods to handle sports injuries, should they occur. Here are the basics you need to know about common soccer injuries, tactics to avoid them and how you should respond to them.
Soccer continues to rise in popularity, and especially as children get older and begin playing at higher levels of intensity, soccer-related injuries are prevalent. Some of the most common injuries include:
A primary strategy for limiting risk of a soccer injury is proper preparation before play begins. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Ensuring the proper equipment and safety features of the playing field and surrounding environment are also important factors. A few equipment considerations to keep in mind during soccer play include:
There are also several areas you should consider regarding the playing field and general environment:
A player’s symptoms must be completely gone before they can return to play, including a total lack of pain and swelling and a full range of motion. In cases of concussion, players must be cleared by a medical provider after showing no symptoms.
If you or your child sustain a sports injury, contact your doctor for the proper treatment protocol.
“Soccer Injury Prevention.” American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00187
“Preventing Soccer Injuries.” Stop Sports Injuries. http://www.stopsportsinjuries.org/STOP/Prevent_Injuries/Soccer_Injury_Prevention.aspx
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.