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Americans are finally figuring out why soccer is the most popular sport in the world. People of all ages enjoy the fast-paced game that’s played everywhere from dirt lots to school yards to professional stadiums. However, like all contact sports, risk of injury is a concern. Prevention of injuries can best be achieved through risk management best practices, following the rules, and the purchase of a comprehensive soccer insurance policy.
As a general rule, athletes in recreational soccer leagues suffer fewer injuries than those in competitive leagues. Participants playing at the higher levels usually put in a higher level of effort, resulting in greater risk and frequency of injuries. Common soccer injuries are ankle sprains, pulled hamstrings and calf muscles, groin injuries, concussions, shin splints, and knee injuries. Injuries commonly suffered from too much play or playing through pain are tendonitis, growth plate injuries and stress fractures.
Concussions are a hot topic in sports these days and with good reason. Player-to-player contact is the leading cause of soccer-related injuries, including concussions resulting from headers. However, many people don’t realize that the number of girls suffering concussions in soccer is second only to football in all reported concussions in young athletes, according to the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Anatomy may be the reason girls suffer more heading-the-ball concussions than boys. The same force delivered to a girl’s head spins the head much more because of the weak neck than it does the guys, according to Bob Cantu, director of sports medicine at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Mass. We have provided a video below on proper heading technique.
Soccer doesn’t require a lot of gear but the few pieces needed are important:
- Shoes should be molded cleats or have ribbed soles, not screw-in cleats.
- Shin guards should mold to the shin, end just below the knee, and be snug around the ankle bone. Shin guards should be worn at all practices and games.
- Soccer socks hold shin guards securely in place and should be worn at all practices and games.
- Mouth guards protect teeth, lips, cheeks, and tongue. Mouth guards, while not usually required by leagues, are recommended for all soccer players.
- Goalie gear includes long-sleeved shirts, padded pants or shorts, and soccer-specific goalie gloves.
- Goals should be securely anchored to the ground and goal posts well-padded to minimize the risk of injuries when players collide into them.
- Climbing or hanging on goals should never be permitted; there are documented cases of soccer goals falling on that have caused serious injuries and even deaths.
- Goal nets should be 120mm mesh to reduce the risk of entrapment by anyone caught under a fallen goal.
- Nets should be removed from goals when not in use to prevent entrapment.
- First aid and someone trained to administer it should be available at all practice and game fields.
- A plan should be in place to contact medical personnel for immediate assessment and treatment of concussions, fractures, or dislocations, or other serious injuries.
- Players should remove any piercings or jewelry before practices and games.
Unsafe play and disregarding rules all too often result in injuries and should therefore never be tolerated. Most leagues require players be removed from the game for blatant rule infraction and the penalty for repeat offenders is usually multi-game suspensions.
Staying hydrated, particularly on hot, sunny days, is essential. Drinking plenty of fluids before, during, and after games and practices reduces the risk of dehydration, heat stress and cramps.
Keeping the head up and eyes open is the only way to minimize the risk of players colliding with one another.
Proper techniques, especially when it comes to heading the ball, are the best way to minimize on-field injuries. Heading the ball can lead to head and neck injuries if not done properly. Please view the video below for step-by-step instructions on heading the ball correctly.