The popularity of soccer has exploded over the past few decades, but with it come injuries associated with playing a competitive sport. According to the US Youth Soccer Association, the membership rate of youths playing the sport has almost doubled in the past 25 years, and many of those players grow up and continue to play in some capacity. Whether playing in high school, college, or in a professional or community league, common soccer injuries can be treated and prevented with the right knowledge and supplies.
Lower extremity injuries encompass a majority of incidents in the game of soccer, with strains and sprains being at the top of the list. Ankle and knees take the brunt of the abuse, and unfortunately, these kinds of injuries can often take a long time to heal, and might flare up again with a minor incident. Elevation and icing the afflicted area are usually recommended for such an injury. Then, when returning to play, athletes should use wraps and braces to strengthen weak joints and prevent re-injury.
In addition, Achilles tendonitis, patellar tendonitis, and shin splint are common aggravations for soccer players. Occasionally, a player also takes a hard fall and can injure a shoulder, elbow, or wrist. Back pain is also common in competitive soccer players.
Serious injuries require rest and a visit to a physician to ensure there isn’t more extensive medical intervention necessary for the specific problem. Then, again, players can use products to ensure the area of the body is strengthened and protected during play. Many of these injuries can benefit from the use of kinesiology tape, designed to provide support to possible problem areas.
When playing soccer competitively, a few bumps and bruises are inevitable. It’s important to wear the right equipment, and take care of yourself after an injury. For more information and athletic supplies to help you become the best player you can be, contact us.