In 2009, nearly 570,000 athletes were injured playing soccer in the United States alone. As an international sport, soccer continues to gain popularity, and subsequently, the number of injuries increases each year. While soccer injuries are common, they don't have to be.
The Norton Sports Health training team is here to help you practice and play safely to avoid injuries. Our team includes orthopaedic physicians specializing in sports medicine, neurologists specializing in concussion, professional athletic trainers and physical therapists. If an injury occurs, we provide advanced care and design customized programs to meet your specific needs. These programs incorporate strength training, core stability, flexibility and conditioning to help you achieve optimal performance and fitness. Our goal is to prevent soccer injuries as well as get you back on the field as soon as possible following an injury.
If you experience pain or an injury while playing soccer and would like to make an appointment with a sports medicine specialist, call (502) 629-1234 and our staff will work to get you in as soon as possible.
Common soccer injuries
Soccer injuries most often occur in the ankle, knee and wrist. They generally are characterized as either overuse injuries (injuries that occur over time) or traumatic injuries (injuries that occur due to a fall or impact with another player).
Overuse injuries include:
- Shin splints (soreness in the calf)
- Patellar tendinitis (pain in the knee)
- Achilles tendinitis (pain in the back of the ankle)
- Stress fractures
Overuse injuries typically can be treated with periods of rest or with adjustments to physical activity.
Traumatic soccer injuries include:
- Sprains and strains
- Cartilage tears
- Shoulder dislocation
Some traumatic soccer injuries can be treated with rest, ice and physical therapy; more severe cases may require surgery. Norton Sports Health specialists focus on nonsurgical treatment before exploring surgical options.
Preventing soccer injuries
It's impossible to prevent all soccer injuries, so it's important to be prepared should an injury occur. Your coach should be able to administer first aid for minor injuries and reach a health care professional for help with more serious injuries.
You can reduce your risk for injury and protect yourself and your teammates by staying in shape. Muscles that have not been properly conditioned are more prone to injury. Maintain fitness with a balanced routine that includes aerobic exercise, strength training and flexibility.
Minimize overuse injuries by taking regular breaks and playing other sports. This will reduce the stress placed on the muscles and joints you use when playing soccer. Limit training time if you develop pain or discomfort. Your symptoms should be gone before resuming practice or returning to a game.
If you think you have developed an injury while playing soccer, consult a physician or physical therapist. Only return to the field when your health care professional has cleared you to play.
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