How to avoid injuries while playing soccer?

Soccer is undoubtedly one of the most popular sports in the world. It is not only a form of physical activity, but also helps to develop balance, coordination and teamwork. Nevertheless, one has to take into account the risks of this practice to avoid injury. Prevention, early diagnosis and treatment can avoid serious complications.

The most frequent injuries may vary from sprains, tears, tendinitis or ligament injuries, to traumatic events and fractures. Between 50% and 80% are located in the lower limbs. It is important to stop sporting activity in the event of a suspected injury until it has been assessed by a specialist and treated appropriately.

How to reduce the risk of injury?

Performing a medical check-up before starting the sports season helps to diagnose medical conditions that may pose an increased risk with the practice of physical activity.

Warming up and stretching before playing decreases the risk of injury. Post-game stretching is also of crucial importance and is often neglected.

Use appropriate clothing and footwear. Often the mere decision of which boots to wear and the type of cleats to play with can be crucial in avoiding injury. Wearing ankle wraps and shin guards to protect the legs and ankles also helps to reduce the risk of adverse events.

Hydration during the game is crucial. If you wait until you are too thirsty to drink water, it may be too late to hydrate adequately. This can affect athletic performance as well as the body's ability to cool itself through sweating.

Avoid heat stress on days when the temperature and humidity are excessive.

Physical fitness is fundamental. It is not good to practice sports after prolonged periods of inactivity without proper physical conditioning. The ideal is a progressive return to sport.

Playing in excess is not good. The body needs rest and many times if we subject it to sporting excess we predispose and increase the risk of injury due to overuse and fatigue.

Practicing sports on suitable terrain. When playing on uneven surfaces we are more prone to suffer injuries.

Soccer has to be fun. We use it for recreation, physical activity and many times as a reason to get together and enjoy with friends. Therefore, keeping these tips in mind will reduce the risk of injury and allow you to continue doing what you love.



Dr. Martin Mangupli

MP: 33163

Orthopedic Trauma Specialist - Hip and Knee Arthroplasty

Instituto Allende