Avoid Ligament Tears & Tendonitis While Playing Soccer
Avoid Ligament Tears & Tendonitis While Playing Soccer

[MUSIC PLAYING] No matter what, there are
going to be injuries in soccer. It’s a contact sport and therefore injuries are unavoidable.
However, there are certain injuries that we can try to minimize the impact of or the incidence
of. I like to break them up into two types of injuries. There are injuries associated
with trauma within the game itself and then injuries associated with overuse type activities
or too much training or playing in a given season. Avoiding injuries is a process that takes
several steps. First, it’s important to have the proper equipment. That can include the
proper fitting shoes, wearing appropriate sized shin guards, having a ball that is not
only the appropriate size but making sure it’s pumped up appropriately. Also having
the proper playing conditions not only from a weather standpoint but field, you need a
safe field to play on and ultimately the goals need to be well anchored because there are
incidents where kids have been killed from goals blowing over in the wind. So those are
initial easy steps to take. Then from a training standpoint, there are
certain measures that can be done to try to minimize both overuse injuries and acute traumatic
injuries. The majority of injuries during soccer do occur in the lower extremity. Common
injuries include muscle strains, patellar and Achilles tendinitis, as well as injuries
to some of the ligaments about the knee. Ways to avoid this besides the proper equipment
and field conditions include proper warm-up, stretching, and training tactics that become
part of a team’s routine during the season. One particular injury that’s received a lot
of attention lately has been trying to decrease the rate of anterior cruciate ligament tears.
This is a very common injury seen in soccer. And unfortunately, it leads to a prolonged
loss of time, up to a year before they can return to play. We know from studies that
females have up to an eight time higher rate of ACL tear. Research has been done that shows that certain
prevention programs can decrease the rate of ACL tears up to 80%, especially in female
populations. This is the most exciting aspect of the research that we’re currently doing
because if we can decrease the rate of ACL tear, that leads to a significant decrease
in morbidity associated with soccer. No matter how hard we try, there’s still going
to be injuries. It’s important that if you are injured, that you seek medical attention
so that you can be evaluated by a medical professional. Oftentimes, the injury is minor,
and only a couple days rest is needed, and you can be back playing soccer. However, if
it is a more serious injury, this needs to be identified quickly so that the appropriate
measures can be taken and steps can be taken to avoid worsening injuries. Unfortunately, sometimes these injuries are
serious and do require surgery. However, the vast majority of injuries can be treated nonoperatively
and only need either some relative rest or some physical therapy and medications. However,
it’s important that you seek medical attention so that those decisions can be made, and determine
the best way to treat your particular injury. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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