World Cup Fever

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The Soccer World Cup is in full swing in Russia right now. The biggest sporting event in the world features the best of the world. Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar. But with great games come harsh soccer injuries. And that’s often times due to overuse and acute traumatic injuries.

Overuse injuries occur over time due to stress on the muscles, joints and soft tissues without proper time for healing. They begin as a small, nagging ache or pain, and can grow into a debilitating injury if they aren’t treated early.
Acute or traumatic injuries occur due to a sudden force, or impact, and can be quite dramatic.

It’s a great lesson to be learned while watching and enjoying the World Cup. Most of these superstars are not just well trained, a physical therapist, a staff of doctors and proper warm up coaches are making sure, their bodies can sustain such harsh games in short sequence.

The most common injuries in soccer are ankle sprains and achilles tendonitis. Sprains occur when there is a stretching and tearing of ligaments surrounding the ankle. And achilles tendonitis is more of a chronic injury that occurs from overuse. Whether you are a soccer superstar or just a weekend warrior, it’s always good to be cautious and react quickly when your foot or your knee acts up.

Rest is the first step to heal tendonitis. Anti-inflammatory medication and icing are important to heal properly and not cause more injury. If you ignore tendonitis it can turn into tendon rupture.

Other soccer injuries that keep sports doctors more than busy are concussions, groin pulls and hamstring pulls or tears. The back of the thigh is especially for runners and soccer players an important part of their bodies due to constant use on the field or on the track. The IT band is another part that can get injured easily and lead to knee pain. Again, rest and ice are well proven methods to try to prevent this injury from getting worse.

Knee Injuries Common in Soccer Players

Since soccer players especially are required to stop and start quickly, ligament injuries are very common in this sport. Cruciate ligament injuries don’t always cause pain, but typically cause a loud “pop”. Most of ACL (Anterior Cruicate Ligament) or MCL (Medical Collateral Ligament) injuries can be confirmed with an MRI. Not always, but at times Arthroscopic surgery is the best way to find a partial tear.

As we stated earlier, mMany sports injuries may result from
overuse, lack of proper rest, lack or proper warm-ups or poor
conditioning. The following safety precautions are
recommended to help prevent injuries:

Follow an ACL injury prevention program for soccer players
– Warm up thoroughly prior to play.
– Use protective equipment if needed (mouth guards, knee
– Use good technique and play by the rules.
– Have a first aid kit on hand.
– Get adequate recovery.
– Stay hydrated.

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