Soccer Injuries.You don't have to be Ronaldo to get them...
Robbie Adams July 13th 2018
With World Cup 2018 in full swing and the soccer season upon us... injuries will always be lurking around that corner on the soccer pitch.
So let's DIVE in to all the possible injuries soccer players might incur during play. Remember... professional soccer players are not the only athletes that can suffer from these injuries.
Soccer injuries are generally defined as either cumulative (overuse) or acute (traumatic) injuries.
Overuse injuries occur over time due to stress on the muscles, joints and soft tissues without proper time for healing. They begin as a small, nagging ache or pain, and can grow into a debilitating injury if they aren't treated early.
The most common of all ankle injuries, an ankle sprain occurs when there is a stretching and tearing of ligaments surrounding the ankle joint – most commonly located on the lateral (outside) ankle.
Achilles tendonitis is a chronic injury that occurs primarily from overuse and it felt as pain in the back of the ankle. If this is ignored it may increase your risk of Achilles tendon rupture.
A concussion occurs with a sudden impact or blows to the head.
A groin (adductor) pull or strain occurs when the muscles of the inner thigh are stretched beyond their limits.
Hamstring Pull, Tear, or Strain:
Hamstring injuries are common among runners and can range from minor strains to total rupture of the muscle at the back of the thigh.
A cramp is a sudden, intense pain caused by a muscle involuntary and forcibly contracting muscle that does not relax. Similar to, but not the same as a side stitch.
Blisters: Blisters are fluid-filled sacks on the surface of the skin that commonly occurs on the hands or the feet.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome:
This term usually refers to pain under and around the kneecap. It is also called "Runner's Knee."
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of pain on the bottom of the heel and usually defined by pain during the first steps of the morning.
Strained Calf Muscle:
Calf strain occurs when part of the muscles of the lower leg (gastrocnemius or soleus) are partially torn. It is similar to an Achilles tendon rupture but occurs higher up in the back of the leg.
Shin Splints describes a variety of generalized pain that occurs in the front of the lower leg along the tibia (shin bone). Shin Splints are considered a cumulative stress injury.
Stress fractures in the leg are often the result of overuse or repeated impacts on a hard surface resulting in small fractures of a bone.
Tendinitis is simply inflammation of a tendon. It generally occurs from overuse, but can also occur from a forceful contraction that causes microtears in the muscle fibers. These tears can lead to weakness and inflammation.
Be sure to come back next week where we discuss: HOW ARE SOCCER INJURIES TREATED