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it s not all fun and games

It’s Not All Fun and Games

From kicking a ball around in the playground at school or at the soccer club on weekends, to having a

game on the beach with your mates in summer, there’s no denying that soccer is one of the most

popular team-based sports in Australia and worldwide.

Unfortunately, playing soccer isn’t always as fun as running around a pitch and having a laugh - it can

also lead to some pretty serious injuries. According to the football fact sheet from Sports Medicine

Australia the rate of injury of soccer players is up to 35 injuries per 1000 playing hours. The most

common type of injuries are bruising, sprains, strains, fractures and dislocations.

Interestingly, common causes of injuries are player contact, falls and tackles, with up to 35% of injuries

caused by foul play. When it comes to soccer injuries, between 50-80% of damage occur in the lower

body, with 40-45% of injuries related to ankle and foot injuries, and 25% of injuries related to the knee.

With those figures in mind, we’d like to go into a bit more detail on the most common soccer injuries,

and what you can do to prevent them.

for the most part an ankle sprain tends to occur

For the most part, an ankle sprain tends to occur

when you make a sudden stop or change of

direction - something that is constantly happening

in a soccer game. The sudden movement causes the

ankle to twist unnaturally, and this can cause a

sprain of the ligaments that support the ankle




Luckily, ankle sprains aren’t often serious injuries,

and can be cared for easily with taping and the RICE

protocol - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. More

serious injuries require professional rehabilitation

to ensure full recovery and to minimise future


we ve spoken before about acl anterior cruciate

We’ve spoken before about ACL (Anterior Cruciate

Ligament) injuries, and we’ll probably speak about

them again in the future. That’s because they’re

common in a range of sports, from soccer to footy

to netball. The ACL ligament is vital to the stability

of your knee joint, and when it is injured or torn, it

can spell out serious trouble if not treated correctly.

ACL Injuries

Around 80% of ACL injuries are noncontact related,

meaning they aren’t caused by a collision with

another player. In most cases, they are caused when

the player pivots or lands from a jump. Depending

on the severity of the injury, treatment can vary.

For more severe tears, the player may be forced to

undergo surgery - and even then they may be

unable to return to playing at full ability.

meniscal tears are another injury commonly found

Meniscal tears are another injury commonly found in the sports

arena - with soccer being one of the leading contributors to the

injury. Often, players that are suffering from an ACL injury may

find that they’re also suffering from the meniscal tear.

There are several potential causes for a meniscus tear,

including a forceful impact to the front or the side of the knee,

which could happen while diving for a ball or being tackled by

another player, an over-rotation of the knee caused by

pivoting, rapid stepping on an uneven surface, or an

unexpected force to the knee that causes it to flex too far

backwards, tearing the meniscus in the process.

Meniscus Tears

Typically, meniscus tears can be treated with a combination of

the RICE protocol, physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory

medication, and occasional injections to relieve pain and

inflammation. In the event of a more severe tear, or if the player

in question has suffered previous knee-related injuries in the

past, surgery may be necessary in order to remove or repair the

damaged tissues.

it s perhaps an unwelcome fact that

It’s perhaps an unwelcome fact, that as you get older, your

body takes longer to recover from the strains and pains of

everyday life. This fact is demonstrated further when it

comes to those who play sports - especially for those who

play and train frequently or professionally.

Shin Splints

and Overuse


For these players, overuse injuries are a common source

of pain and swelling when the muscles and ligaments are

not given adequate time to recover before they are put

out to work on the pitch once more.

Overuse injuries can occur in a variety of body areas,

depending on the sport being played. For soccer, they are

commonly presented as shin splints (persistent soreness in

the lower leg ), patellar tendonitis (persistent pain in the

knee), and Achilles tendonitis (persistent pain in the back

of the ankle).

how to prevent soccer injuries

How to Prevent Soccer Injuries

Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee that you’ll never be the victim of a soccer injuries.

Sometimes, accidents happen and you’ll find yourself with a sprained ankle and a recommendation to

rest up for a couple of weeks. However, there are certainly some habits and practises you can put in

place to reduce your risk of suffering through a more severe injury.

Warming up and cooling down. Don’t risk skipping your warm up and cool down as it could land

you in the doctor’s office. These exercises are designed to warm your body up and give your

muscles more flexibility before intense exercise, and to give your body time to recover


Using the proper equipment. While soccer doesn’t come with an abundance of equipment,

strapping on shin pads and and ensuring that adequate ideal playing field conditions (eg.

floodlights, grass/sprinkler issues) are provided to help prevent injury.

training without the proper quantity and quality

Training. Without the proper quantity and quality of training, the risk of injury is significantly

higher. Always make sure you attend training sessions in order to build up your strength,

flexibility, and physical conditioning. This way, you will prepared and fit enough to endure the

demands of playing at intense match pace.

Proper recovery. If you do find yourself with an injury such as a sprained ankle, make sure you

give yourself the proper time to recover - don’t try and get back out on the pitch before you have

had adequate time for injury rehabilitation.

Good health. Being in overall good health, staying hydrated, eating well, and exercising regularly

all contribute to having a healthy body that is more resilient. It also means that if you do suffer an

injury, you’ll be better equipped to have a speedy recovery.

Musculoskeletal Screening. Having a musculoskeletal health assessment from a

physiotherapist is an excellent tool to prevent future injury, as pre-existing muscle imbalances,

joint problems and pre-disposing factors can be identified and corrected.

if you ve suffered a soccer injury and you want

If you’ve suffered a soccer injury and you want to know

more about your recovery options, get in contact with

Morley Physio today and let us help you. We’re your local

physiotherapy provider for Dianella, Noranda, and

Bayswater - so get in touch today.

Phone: 9375 3900