We are a few weeks into soccer season and by now, you may be or know an injured player.
What are the current stats on injuries during soccer?
Soccer injuries occur at a rate of 20 injuries every 1000 hours of play, that’s almost 2 injuries per game! We do suspect that the age of the player may change the injury rate, so we don’t see anything like that rate at the junior level (parents breathe a sigh of relief).
Based on current research, the most common injuries affecting players are hamstring strains, lateral ankle sprains, knee meniscus tears and ACL sprain/tears. For those injuries, players/teams will lose on average 14, 12 and 127 days (hamstring, ankle and knee ligaments respectively) depending on the severity. That’s a lot of time off given the high incidence of injuries!
In our younger athletes however, Osgood Schlatters and Sever’s are the most common injuries. Simply put, these odd sounding conditions are the result of increases in activity levels in the growing child that affect the knee and heel respectively.
Concussions can also occur through head knocks or collisions and should not be underestimated. Player’s who do suffer a head knock should be monitored for 24-48hrs after the injury. Here is our article on concussion – it should be taken very seriously.
4 most common injuries
- Hamstring strain: this injury involves tears in the muscle fibres of the hamstring muscle. Depending on how many fibres are torn (i.e. the degree of the tear), there might be some bruising. There are a few reasons that a hamstring strain may occur. It could be due to inadequate warm up, strength deficits or muscle tightness.
- Lateral ankle sprain: often referred to as a rolled ankle, this injury involves stretching and possible tearing of the ligaments on the outer aspect of the ankle.
Similarly to the hamstring strain, the degree of injury to the ligament may also cause immediate swelling and bruising to be present.
- Knee meniscus tear; this injury is caused by a twisting or turning motion of the upper body whilst the foot remains on the ground. Commonly people with this injury may experience pain on weightbearing, bending of the knee and swelling may build up.
- ACL sprain/tear; the ACL is responsible for knee stability. It is injured through changes in direction, commonly when the knee is turned inwards. ACL injuries result in immediate swelling and feelings of instability or the knee giving way.
Does this mean you have to be a statistic?
Physiotherapy can play a big part in getting you back to being game ready and even prevention of injury! If you are concerned that you have sustained any of the above injuries or would like more information about injury prevention, feel free to contact us.
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