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Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world and the fastestgrowing team sport in the United States. Although soccer provides an enjoyable form of aerobic exercise and helps develop balance, agility, coordination, and a sense of teamwork, soccer players must be aware of the risks for injury. Injury prevention, early detection, and treatment can keep kids and adults on the field long-term.
Participation should be stopped immediately until any injury is evaluated and treated properly. Most injuries are minor and can be treated by a short period of rest, ice, and elevation. If a trained health care professional such as a sports medicine physician or athletic trainer is available to evaluate an injury, often a decision can be made to allow an athlete to continue playing immediately. The athlete should return to play only when clearance is granted by a health care professional.
How are most soccer injuries treated?
Soccer players are uniquely susceptible to muscle strains and ligament sprains due to the quick changes in direction, lateral movements, pivoting and the rapid accelerations and decelerations involved in the sport. The hamstrings, adductors (groin) and other muscles around the hip and thigh are particularly susceptible. Contusions (bruises) are also common due to contact with other players and the pitch.
How can soccer injuries be avoided?
Our sport specialists know how common injuries occur and what can be done to help prevent them better. A unique workout and training program will be made for you to develop these core skills that will prepare your body for the intense action during a game.
Proper Warm-Up Methods
Speed and Agility Workouts
Strength and Flexibility
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprains account for 0.4 percent of all injuries but the greatest number of median days lost from participation (259 days)
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