Even if you’re not normally a soccer fan, you may well be asked to get outside and have a kickabout now the evenings are getting longer and days are warmer.
It’s our national sport and has the power to bring together people from all walks of life. Football is almost an international language with a staggering 270 million people playing in games around the world.
Injuries Occur – Prevent Them!
But football can come with some consequence as football injuries are all too common.
Muscle injuries occur frequently through sudden bursts of acceleration, sprinting, sudden stopping, lunging, sliding or a high kick.
Ankle and knee are the most common when ligaments are strained, during twisting, jumping, turning and tackling.
And don’t forget groin pain with 20% of players getting some sort of groin tweak in a typical season.
But nearly half of all injuries on the football field can be avoided.
Underlying Weakness Or Imbalance
Mostly, injuries are caused by an underlying weakness in the muscles of the leg, core or pelvis. Or an imbalance on the body makeup.
Warmup exercises and training programmes designed to address vulnerable areas during a game can reduce your risk of getting injured by a huge percentage.
Your physical fitness is the single most important factor in preventing soccer injuries.
What Do Studies Say … ?
For instance, studies have found that —
- Among players who participated in pre-season training 3x a week, there were seven times fewer ACL injuries and just as big a decrease in the risk of ankle sprain.
- 51% of hamstring injuries can be avoided with good warmup routines.
- Neuromuscular training for the knee can reduce the incidents of serious knee injury by 3.5x.
- Strength training reduces injury by nearly half compared to players who do none.
Whether you are an avid player or prefer to play part-time as a pastime, injuries can be bad news. But a little knowledge and preparation can go a long way.
The Top 6 Injuries
So here is a list of the top 6 most common football injuries:
- ACL Injury
- Hamstring Strains
- Ankle Sprains
- Meniscus Injury
- Groin Strains
- Contusion Injury
If you want to understand more about any of these aspects or you are experiencing any of these issues, get in touch with us.
We can prepare a preventative programme incorporating both strength and training can help keep you in the game. Or if you have already suffered from a injury, get in touch.