5 Most Common Soccer Injuries

Soccer is one of the world’s most popular sports, and fans across the globe are passionate about their teams. Competition, drama, athleticism, and skill weave together for a spectacular show. As with any sport, there are a few injuries that sports medicine professionals treat frequently when it pertains to soccer.

Ruptured ACL

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament is a big deal–a rupture can end a player’s career, or at least take them out of the game for months. An ACL rupture may occur when the knee is hyperextended, or because of a collision or impact with another player.

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Landing badly, stumbling, or changing direction too quickly will suddenly stretch out the tendons and ligaments supporting the ankle joint. A sprain results, and can be difficult to heal if the player doesn’t allow ample recovery time, since the tissue never has a chance to rebound. A bad sprain is often more painful and challenging to recover from than a fracture.

Torn Meniscus

A twist of the knee past a certain point will often tear the meniscus, which is the cartilage that acts as a cushion within your knee joint. Swelling, pain, stiffness, and instability are what follow. Most commonly, surgical correction by a sports medicine professional is necessary.

Wrist Sprain or Fracture

Soccer players fly through the air for goals and blocks, and occasionally have a landing on an outstretched hand. This can break the wrist or carpal bones, or overstretch the tendons and ligaments that support the bones. Since this joint is so complex, you’ll often hear about extensive reconstruction needed to repair the wreckage.

Achilles Tendinitis

This is an overuse injury that could occur if you step up your training time or level too quickly, play or train in sloppy conditions, or change out your soccer shoes. This thick corded tendon running up the back of your foot to your calf becomes inflamed and irritated as a response, and needs rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medication to treat.

Proper conditioning is great prevention for many of these injuries. Know your limits, train sensibly, and contact sports medicine professionals if you’ve been injured during play.

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