Soccer Injuries Advice and Tips
What are the Most Common Soccer Injuries ? Why?
Head, shoulders knees and toes, knees and toes, okay just knees mainly.
The most common injuries in soccer are below, and the reason they are the most frequently seen injuries.
Note: I think it’s important to mention that no matter the injury or activity a lack of a proper warm up (muscles, joints and areas of exercise) will make you more susceptible to any of the injuries mentioned below.
Good old hammys. Well this is a no brainer, ever seen a player warm up and reach for the back of high thigh while doing it? That guy there has had hamstring injuries for years all stemmed from certain motions we see in the game over and over again that has caused it to strain or over extend
Well certain aspects of the game such as kicking (specifically shooting) and sprinting at full speed are staples of the game and one bad warm up, one tweak or one uncomfortable landing can result in your hamstring to pull.
Both of these motions take a long extension and forceful swing of the leg resulting on strain of the hamstring (especially a weak one).
Hurts like a shot in the, well groin. Because of the extensive lateral movements in soccer and stretching of the legs the groin area on both the left and right leg are prime targets for tears, strains and pulls.
I’ve had my fair share of soccer injuries and majority of the time it’s something you can tolerate and rehab quite easily if you put in some time and not let up on the strengthening of it.
MCL, ACL, PCL, meniscus and tenditis. Pick your poison, if you’ve played soccer for years you’ve had a knee injury, and if you haven’t consider yourself lucky. Majority of players have suffered some sort of knee injury because the physical demands and impact your knees sustain on a daily training basis.
Cuts, jukes, jives and tackles all add up and now a days playing on turf has not help the number of knee injuries go down.
Should I Play Through My Soccer Injuries or Rest?
Now there’s a question that needs some deeper thought, as always you should get advice from the therapist or trainer that looks after your teams injuries.
If you’re scared they are going to tell you that you’ve got to sit out consider these before talking to them:
-What part of the season are you in?
-What percent of your normal self are you playing at?
-Is it an injury that keeps getting worse by the day or has the pain plateaued?
-Am I hurting my team by playing more than somebody else who could be playing that’s 100%?
These are the questions you need to ask yourself when deciding to play through pain, above all else you need to see your therapist, and they will help you get to where you both want to be, playing on the field. Soccer injuries are no fun, but they are there to help.
Mental Recovery Twice as Long as the Physical
Ever heard this expression? Well not only is it an expression it’s also a fact. Soccer Injuries (especially long term ones) have a mental strain on a player and their ability to perform at a high level again.
When you come back from injury after being sidelines for so long there is a fear of re-injury. Every tackle you go into, every shot you take and every sprint you perform in the back of your mind all you can think of was the moment you previously got hurt.
I’ve been there and I know it’s difficult, and as we all know when you go half strength into a tackle or go in half heartedly to any duel that those are the moments when you are at a higher risk for hurting yourself.
So some advice from a professional, don’t rush back from any injury, wait until you are more then back to full strength. Come with the mentality to play at full capacity and fearless, it may not happen right away but that’s the mental approach you need to take into every competition when getting back into it.
What are the Positives of Getting Soccer Injuries?
“Ummm how about none!” Well you’re wrong there are some such as:
Okay I’m Hurt, Is there Point of Me Coming to Practice?
Yes, and this is why:
It’s Important to be Around
-No player or coach is bigger than the team. The team will move on whether you want it to or not and by not showing up to events (practices, games, trips, meetings) you are forcing the team to move on without you.
Staying in the loop (although difficult while injured) is important for camaraderie and team cohesion. Just because you can’t walk doesn’t mean you aren’t an important and valued member of the team you limping pirate. Don't let your soccer injuries seclude you from the team.
Chemistry of a team goes beyond the lines of the field. Actually majority of the cohesion of a team is done away from soccer. The inside jokes on trips, the rides to practice and social gatherings go a long way in building a team as one cohesive unit.
Showing Other How to be a Good Teammate
Coming to everything whether on crutches or not is leading by example and showing the younger athletes on the team how to act. Injured or not you are showing that you’re a part of the team and players respect that.
Sometimes getting injured is the best thing to happen to some players. They realize how much they missed it and how they were taking the opportunity for granted and come back with a new sense of drive and motivation to perform and work at a much higher level.
Taking Care of Your Body
This can serve as a life lesson of how to take care of your body and being proactive in terms of strengthening and maintaining overall health. When you get older you’ll be thanking your young self for the time you put in to care for your body.
Whether at the pro level or prior, taking care of your body is not only important for the longevity of your soccer career but also the overall physical health for the rest of your life. Take care of your soccer injuries now, you’ll thank me later.