Playing soccer, like playing many other contact sports, can result in player injuries. Soccer is played from age 3 and up through adulthood. We treat athletes of any age and every skill level. Though most soccer injuries are to the lower extremity (knees, ankles, etc.), upper extremity soccer injuries are also a possibility.
We can treat most soccer injuries and get you back to playing. Like most braces, we will need a prescription from a physician and an active insurance to submit a claim. If you have any questions about soccer injuries, feel free to call us or submit your question online.
10 Common Soccer Injuries and Treatments
ACL injuries are caused by cutting, turning, landing and deceleration.
- The function of ACL is to prevent anterior movement of the tibia, posterior movement of the femur, rotation of the tibia, and hyperextension of the tibia.
- We provide Post-op bracing and functional bracing.
ANKLE SPRAINS are typically caused by “twisting” ankle.
- Severity Can be grade I ( a slight stretch of ligaments and pain) to grade III (complete tear of ligaments).
- Depending on severity, the patient may be placed in a walking boot (Ossur, Bledsoe, DJO), then graduate to lace-up ankle brace, ankle sleeve.
- If there is some pain on the outside of the ankle bone the patient may have an associated fracture, this could be placed in a cast w/ crutches, progressing to a boot and then an ankle brace.
MCL/LCL INJURIES are caused by abnormal inward or outward motion of the knee.
- MCL pain occurs inside of the knee, due to the knee being forced inward; the patient will have trouble extending the knee.
- LCL pain occurs on the outside of the knee, due to the knee being forced outward, which may have made a popping sound.
- MCL and LCL related soccer injury is typically managed with rest, compression, and rehabilitation.
- These injuries are usually placed in a hinged knee brace (crossover, shortrunner, HW WA hinge).
QUAD CONTUSION occurs as the result of a direct hit or blow to the quadricep muscle.
- Pain and swelling could shorten the player’s range of motion.
- A thigh sleeve concentrated over the affected area can aid recovery.
HAMSTRING STRAIN happens when the hamstring muscle is over-stretched.
- This injury causes pain in the hip, clicking or popping with movement and limited range of motion (ROM).
- It is caused by repetitive motion or secondary to trauma (dislocation).
- Depending on symptoms, hamstring strains may be treated conservatively or with surgery.
- A Thigh sleeve concentrated over the affected area may be enough to see results.
- If surgery is the best option, the leg may be placed in a Breg T-scope HipTypically treated by rest and modalities.
*HIP LABRAL TEAR
ACHILLES RUPTURE occurs when pushing off while the knee is extended.
- Patients will feel a pop, may see a visible bump from the tendon.
- J walker w/ lifts or ROM J Walker.
- Using crutches will reduce weight being placed on the Achilles; this speeds up recovery time.
*FOOT AVULSION FRACTURES – These fractures usually occur base of 5th materials and distal medial malleolus.
- Severe inversion or eversion forces the ligaments to pull from the bone.
- The patient is booted NWB (non-weight bearing) for 4 weeks then WBT for 4 weeks.
- If this does not result in improvement, surgery may be indicated.
GLENOID LABRAL TEARS are upper body soccer injuries either caused by anterior instability, degeneration, or trauma.
- Glenoid labrum is made up of cartilage that helps line the socket of the ball and socket joint of the shoulder
- These injuries
- There may have been popping, clicking, pain, weakness, and catching within the shoulder joint at the time of the injury.
- These injuries are typically treated with rest, immobilization (sling) and rehabilitation.
- The patient may need surgery if the condition becomes a chronic issue (SS3).
- If instability continues the patient may be placed in a DJO SULLY.
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