Soccer is a sport that demands balance, agility and speed in large amounts. It is a great sport for people at all ages who want to stay in great condition. However, even though its injury rate is somewhere between 20% and 50% that of American or Canadian football, injuries can still occur.
As with any other sport or recreational activity, the best strategy for countering injuries is to avoid them in the first place. Central to this approach is a regime of off season training and pre game warm ups.
Warm ups, for example, should include bouts of progressively more intensive cardio and stretching as well as practice in passing, shooting and sprinting. This will ensure that your body’s muscles, ligaments and tendons are fully acclimatized to perform the types of movements that will be required of them once the game is underway.
Depending on your level of competition, a properly designed off season training program can include weight training as well as sprinting and jumping exercises over a period of several weeks.
However, if a soccer player gets injured, the injury is likely to be one of the following:
- Ankle and knee sprains as well as calf strains;
- Clavicle, foot or wrist fracture;
- Patellar bursitis or meniscal tear;
These injuries, once incurred, can be treated by an appropriate selection of ankle, knee, calf or wrist braces that will stabilize the injured joint and allow it to heal with less risk of re-injury.