While soccer is considered a relatively safe sport compared to other American sports such as football, that does not mean that injuries do not occur. Fortunately, most soccer-related injuries are soft tissue injuries. But that does not mean that they are not serious.
Players should always look to do all they can to avoid injury, but in the event an injury occurs proper and prompt treatment is a must.
Here are the most common soccer-related injuries.
Strains and Sprains
This is by far the most common soccer-related injury. In the mildest of cases, it can be as simple as a rolled ankle that just requires icing. In other cases it can be as extreme as an ACL or PCL tear that could require surgery and weeks of rehab.
Fractures and Breaks
Soccer is a contact sport, and like all contact sports there is a risk of a break or fracture when two bodies collide. Fractures should be treated like the serious injury they are. See a physician to determine the severity of the injury and follow a physical therapy regimen in order to see the field as quickly as possible.
Concussions and other Head Injuries
In soccer, players aren’t necessarily running into each other head first, but they are using their head to redirect a relatively hard ball traveling at a high rate of speed. Concussions do happen in soccer and athletes, trainers, coaches and parents should be on the lookout for symptoms.
Tendinitis is the result of overuse and strain of the tendon. Most of the time it can be treated by rest and icing. It’s simply an inflammation of the tendon and will take time to heal, but it is easily treatable.
Don’t be confused, soccer is a contact sport and injuries will occur. When they do, let the people at MSA help you get back on the field and soon as possible!