While soccer is considered a safe contact sport in general, the physical nature of the activity means injuries do happen.These are the most common types of soccer-related injuries and how to handle them.
Contact with other players whether during practice or in an actual match could lead to cuts and abrasions that usually range from slight scrapes to major lacerations that result in plenty of blood gushing out.
A good way to prevent infection as well as scarring is to apply first aid treatment to the injury while still on the field. For minor cuts, putting on a mild antiseptic is generally adequate while serious ones necessitate promptly stemming the blood flow and a trip to the hospital.
Concussions as well as eye and dental trauma generally fall under head injuries. One of the major causes for concern is concussions, which are normally caused by hitting another player or the goal post. While concussions are quite complex, many studies have demonstrated that properly heading the ball does not lead to concussions.
The most common soccer-related injury is sprains with ankle sprains, which can involve one or more of the ligaments that support the ankle joint, topping the list. Knee sprains, the second most common type of sprain affect the medial collateral ligaments or the knee ligaments, which are found on the side of the knee that is nearest to the other leg.
While proper warmup and stretching can prevent these injuries to some extent, hidden hazards in the playing field like holes or uneven surfaces can lead to damage or trauma. RICE or rest, ice, compression, and elevation are usually involved in the treatment of sprains. Some cases may necessitate medication as well as bracing, casting, and even surgery.
Muscle strains are usually caused when a muscle is overstretched or torn, which is often due to improper or overuse of a muscle as well as fatigue. The muscles of the thigh, which includes the groin, hamstring, and quadriceps, as well as calf usually suffer from strain. To prevent this or to decrease the likelihood of strain, you need to develop good flexibility through warmup and stretching before and after practice. It’s also important to use footwear that fits properly and has the appropriate type of spikes. Similar to the treatment of sprains, treating strains also involves rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
Soccer fracture injuries often affect the bones of the lower leg, ankle, and foot. Along with rib fractures, this type of trauma is usually due to direct contact with other players. Wrist fractures from falls are also common. Fractures require medical attention so after securing the injured body part with a splint or a similar implement, the individual must be taken to the hospital immediately.
There are different ways to prevent soccer injuries, including warmup and stretching as well as wearing the right equipment, such as the best soccer cleats you can afford. It’s also important to follow the rules of the game and to exercise due diligence in general. However, since there are no guarantees against these situations, knowing what to do when they do happen is good preparation in itself.