Soccer combines aerobic fitness and coordination, making it a popular choice for people seeking recreation and exercise. Unfortunately, injuries are somewhat common among serious soccer players - the combination of rigorous physical exercise, contact with the ball, player to player contact, and playing in all field conditions, all make soccer potentially dangerous. However, there are many steps players can take to prevent and treat injuries.
Soccer players are prone to two main categories of injuries: injuries that result from running and other aspects of training, and injuries that result from falling and contact with the ball. Injuries can occur on any part of the body, but are most common in the lower extremity. Common injuries to each part of the body include:
- Knee: Cartilage tears, patellar tendonitis, and sprains of the anterior cruciate ligament
- Calf: Shin splints and Achilles tendonitis. In addition, stress fractures may occur
- Upper extremity: Injuries occur most often after falling or contact with other players; common injuries include wrist sprains, wrist fractures, and shoulder dislocations
- Head and neck: Contact with the ball or falls can cause these injuries; players with head injuries should be evaluated for concussion
There are several steps players can take to reduce the chance and severity of injury:
- Use proper gear: Well-fitted cleats and shin guards can help prevent falls and reduce the force of impact; in addition, synthetic balls are safer to use
- Avoid overtraining: Overuse is a common cause of sports injuries; cross training and taking a season off can help prevent these injuries
- Intervene early: Some discomfort while training is normal, but if you experience pain that lingers or becomes more intense, you should not attempt to work through it
- Be aware of field conditions: Poor field conditions can increase the risk of injury
- Visit a chiropractor: Preventative chiropractic treatment can help you identify potential causes of injury and make adjustments to help prevent injury from occurring in the first place
Chiropractic treatment can be an extremely effective form of primary care for most soccer injuries. With the exception of fractures and concussions, chiropractic is a strong choice for supportive or rehabilitative treatment for all injuries.
The course of chiropractic treatment can include several methods and modalities depending on the nature and extent of the injury. Xrays and physical assessments may be used for diagnosis. Treatment can consist of adjustments, deep tissue massage, physical therapy, soft tissue mobilization, and stretching.
In addition, chiropractic treatment can address pain management and the prevention of future injuries. This can include change in diet and posture in everyday life, adjustments while training, and recommendations for proper gear.
With chiropractic treatment, patients can achieve long-lasting results and effective pain management without the side effects associated with conventional medical treatment. If you are suffering from an injury obtained during your time on the soccer field, The team at SouthEast Chiropractic would like to help. Please click here to schedule an initial assessment or contact the Gastonia or Belmont offices.
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