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Most Common Soccer Injuries and their Treatment

Soccer is quickly becoming the most popular sport in the world among athletes. Soccer provides exercise, develops balance and agility, and promotes teamwork. However along with all of this there is also a risk for injury at every level of the game. Below is the common injuries suffered in soccer and their treatment.

Most injuries in soccer occur to the lower extremity. Sprains and strains are the most common injury which occur to the knee and ankle. ACL or MCL tears are more severe and require surgery most of the time. Fractures and contusions may also occur due to direct blows to the body. Some players also experience overuse injuries such as shin splints, patellar tendonitis and Achilles tendonitis as well as groin pulls and calf muscle strains. Concussions are also becoming more prevalent in soccer due to heading the ball and should be treated by a doctor before resuming play.

Most injuries in soccer can be relieved by stopping play, resting, and applying ice and compression to the injured area for a short period of time until healed. Pushing through the pain can be more harmful and can cause more severe damage to the injured area. Physical therapy is used to help injury recovery with sprains and strains, and with all injuries requiring surgery such as ACL and MCL tears in the knee. This will help ensure that the athlete has recovered and is strong enough to return to his normal game of play without risking further injury when cleared by a physician.

By Jared Goldstein
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