How to Prevent Soccer Injuries

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What are some of the most common soccer injuries? Usually soccer players suffer sprans and strains while playing the game. These can be angle sprans or a strained or pulled hamstring. Unfortunately, soccer players also injury their knees, either the MCL or the ACL, the later usually requiring surgery and you putting the player out for nearly a year.

And of course, many soccer players suffer a fair amount of bumps and bruises to their legs and shins after a hard fought game – that’s why wearing shin guards is required. Listed below are some stats about common soccer injuries and some things you can do to prevent a injury occuring when you’re playing soccer:

Dangerous trends facing youth soccer

  • Over 171,000 youth soccer injuries each year
  • Youth soccer players are at a higher risk for injury than other
  • contact sports
  • The most common injuries in youth athletes are muscle strains and ligaments sprains (such as ACL)
  • 400% increase in ACL tears in teenage athletes in the last 10 years

Injuries affect more than soccer

  • Less than half of players who sustain ACL injuries return back to normal performance
  • Many players do not play again
  • School work can be impacted (decreased GPA)
  • Poor health in the future (increased risk of early knee arthritis after an ACL tear)
  • Increased risk for depression, anxiety and low self-esteem following an injury

The Problem: Misaligned Movement

Have you ever seen a soccer player go down with an injury even though no one touched them? These types of injuries are called “non-contact injuries” and often occur when a player has misaligned movement.

What is misaligned movement? The human body is like a machine similar to a car. When a car’s alignment is off it begins to have wear and tear, perform poorly and then ultimately it will break down. Our bodies are no different. If the body’s alignment is off during athletic movement, the body can experience wear and tear, perform poorly and eventually get hurt.

Watch the video below for 3 quick steps every soccer parent should know to prevent injuries and maximize skills.


 

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