Tips On Soccer Injuries, Its Causes And Ways To Avoid Them

In the world today Soccer(football) is among the most popular sports in the world, soccer is growing much more faster than imagined over the past few years. Soccer provides different benefits to players such as aerobic exercise, balance development, agility, strengthening of the mind-body connection, coordination and a sense of teamwork. Although there are many other risks and injuries associated with soccer which players must be aware of and try to avoid them. Attaining 90-minute in the game of soccer might be difficult for some players because soccer affects your whole body, starting from your brain to your feet. While playing the sport it mostly requires the use of your legs, muscles as well, your head and fitness both physically and mentally. The sport also provides cardiovascular and muscular fitness,but when not played properly injuries will be the next thing. Proper training can reduce your risk of getting injured in soccer.


Cardiovascular Fitness 
Playing soccer helps you to improve on your cardiovascular fitness level. In a study by The American Sports Medicine Institute, they revealed that it helps to improve the efficiency of your heart, lungs and vascular system to deliver oxygen to your muscles. If you can play for a full time game, your body will be in an excellent cardiovascular shape. Soccer involves running thereby moving large amounts of muscles in your body together, it also causes your heart beat and respiration to increase, you need to stay hydrated.

Muscular/Physical Fitness
Running and carrying out different skill drills are an important part of practice that helps strengthen your muscular fitness. Soccer requires muscular strength, quick dribbling moves and shooting uses different muscles. Consistent practice and play will increase your muscular strength and balances.

Technical Agility And Fitness 
Technical movements, agility and coordinations in the play strengthen the connections between your brain and body. The sport improves the ability of your brain to compute new strategies because of the patterns and techniques required in soccer. According to a study on "Brain Injury" in 2010 it was published that soccer might lead to brain injury, it was also stated that most players and athletes experience symptoms mostly after a game. While playing soccer if the ball hits at the wrong part of your head you will feel dizzy and experience certain symptoms, you don't need to keep quiet about this you have to speak out!


Head, Neck, and Face Injuries
This includes juries to the head, neck, and face, this might be inform of cuts, bruises, fractures, neck sprains, and concussions. Just as I explained above concussions are mental state due to head trauma, this might result when the ball hits the wrong part of your head. Concussions usually results to lose of consciousness so you should notify a physician immediately.

Lower Extremity Injuries
This type of injuries may require surgery, this includes - fractures and contusions from direct blows to the body. Sprains and strains are the most common lower extremity injuries. The severity of these injuries varies depending on the cause amount of damage. Cartilage tears and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprains in the knee are also some of the injuries that may require surgery.

Soreness And Pain
This condition (stress fractures) usually occur when the bone becomes weak from overuse. It develops pain and soreness in different part of your body, this normally heals after few days of rest, if it doesn't improve you need to consult a doctor to determine whether a stress fracture is present. Groin pulls, thigh & calf muscle strains, shin splints (soreness in the calf), patellar tendinitis, and Achilles tendinitis are some of the more common soccer overuse conditions.

Also injuries to the upper part of the body usually occur from fall, or direct impact on another prayer. This injuries include wrist sprains, wrist fractures, shoulder dislocations and many others.

1. Maintaining proper fitness : as a player or athlete you need to be properly prepared physically, without physical fitness the rate of injuries are higher in athletes and players.

2. Avoid overuse injuries : just as I stated above, this usually occur when the bones becomes weak from overuse. You should avoid the pressure that is exerted on many young athletes to over-train, you should understand your body and decrease your training time if pain or discomfort develops.

3. You should speak out to a physician or athletic trainer if you have any concerns about injuries or ways to prevent injuries.

4. You should pay proper attention to environmental recommendations, especially in relation to excessively hot and humid weather. You have to be aware of poor field conditions that can increase the risks and rate of injuries.

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