Soccer Players Getting Injured
Soccer: Getting Injured
It’s a part of the game—you’re going to get hurt—or have a pretty good chance of that happening. With all contact sports, there is always the possibility that some part of the body will hit someone else’s part of their body or you can even end up hurting yourself without contact with anyone else.
If you're thinking about playing soccer, it’s important to know what types of soccer injuries are the most common and what there symptoms are.
Generally speaking, however, injuries that are done to the lower extremities—from the hip to the toes—are the ones that are the most commonly done in soccer. They can be done either traumatically, from contact with another player or the ball or be done yourself with a twist to the knee, an overuse of a muscle, tend or of a bone.
Lower Extremity Injuries
When you're focusing on the lower parts of your body, most soccer players will have some sort of lower extremity injury in their career. This can include sprains and strains. How bad it is—the severity of the injury—can vary from injury to injury. You can either see these in cartilage tears and anterior cruciate ligament sprains in the knee or just a twist in the ankle. Unfortunately, some of these injuries can result in needing surgery. You can also suffer from contusions or fractures done by another player or the ball.
Other Lower Extremity Injuries
Certain injuries may also come from overuse like shin splints, patellar tendinitis, and Achilles tendinitis. If you're playing soccer, you also may run into muscle strains, pulls, and other minor or major injuries that can keep you out of the game. Some other injuries include stress fractures, that can occur due to overuse.
Upper Extremity Injuries
Although soccer is a sport played the majority of the time with the feet, there are times in the game where you'll be using your upper body. Whether you're shielding the ball, pushing another player, being tackled, throwing the ball in or even catching yourself as you fall, you can suffer from an upper-body injury as a soccer player. Normally, soccer players will suffer from wrist sprains, wrist fractures, and shoulder dislocations.
Head, Neck, and Face Injuries
Unfortunately, these are also prevalent in soccer. Since you can use all parts of your body (besides your hands and most of your arms) in soccer, it’s easily possible to get a head, neck, and/or face injury. You may suffer from cuts and bruises as a player, fractures, neck sprains, and concussions. This is one of the most prevalent injuries—especially with the headers in soccer—and should be taken seriously because of its possibility of following you later on in life. The concussion can cause an alteration in your mental state because of the head trauma. Not all concussions are the same—so be very careful!
Written By: Adriana Rodrigues is a professional soccer player and a coach. She has over twenty years of experience in soccer after having played in a Division 1 University and has represented two national teams, both Brazil and Portugal.