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Learn Common Soccer Injuries and their Treatments soccer injuries Soccer Injuries football 2138381 640Playing soccer, like playing many other contact sports, can result in player injuries. Soccer is played from age 3 through adulthood. We treat athletes of every 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

ACHILLES RUPTURE occurs when pushing off the ground while the knee is extended.

  • Patients will feel a pop, may see a visible bump on the back of the leg by the calf.
  • If you have surgery, there are a couple different boot options your physician may prescribe:
    • Breg J Walker with Achilles Rise Kit
    • Breg EZ ROM Boot
    • DonJoy FP-Walker with Heel Lifts
  • Your physician may also prescribe crutches to keep the weight off of the achilles to help it heal.

ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injuries are caused by cutting, turning, landing and deceleration.

  • The function of ACL is to prevent anterior movement of the tibia (shin bone), posterior movement of the femur (thigh bone), rotation of the tibia, and hyperextension of the tibia.
  • The severity of the ACL sprain can range from grade 1 (a slight stretch of the ligament) to grade 3 (complete tear).
  • Grade 3 most of the time will require surgery.
  • There are two types of ACL braces that we provide:
    • Post-Operative Brace
      • Breg G3 Post-Op Knee Brace
      • Breg Extender Plus Post-Op Knee Brace
      • Breg Wee-Rom Pediatric Post-Op Knee Brace
    • Functional Knee Brace
      • DonJoy Armor ACL Brace
      • Ossur CTi ACL Brace
      • Breg Fusion ACL Brace
      • Plus Many More!!

ANKLE SPRAINS are typically caused by “twisting” your ankle.

  • Severity Can be grade 1 ( a slight stretch of ligaments and pain) to grade 3 (complete tear of ligaments).
  • Depending on severity, the patient may be placed in a walking boot:
    • Ossur Rebound Air Walker
    • Breg J Walker Plus
    • DonJoy FP-Walker
  • After the walking boot, may graduate to an ankle brace:
    • MedSpec ASO Ankle Brace
    • Ankle Sleeve
  • If the sprain is a Grade 3, surgery may be required

MCL and LCL (Medial Collateral and Lateral Collateral Ligament) INJURIES are caused by abnormal inward or outward motion of the knee.Learn treatments for many common soccer injuries soccer injuries Soccer Injuries soccer injury treatments

  • 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 and may hear an associated popping sound.
  • MCL and LCL injuries are typically managed with rest, compression, and rehabilitation.
  • Sometimes the injuries require a hinged knee brace:
    • Breg Crossover
    • Breg Shortrunner
    • Hely Weber Wrap Around

FOOT AVULSION FRACTURES – These fractures usually occur base of 5th metatarasal, lateral malleolus, and medial malleolus.

  • Severe inversion or eversion forces the ligaments to pull from the bone.
  • Typically placed in a boot for at least 6-8 weeks:
    • Breg J Walker Plus
    • DonJoy FP or SP Walker (depends on the physician preference)
    • Ossur Rebound Air Walker
  • If fracture does not heal on its own surgery may be required.

GLENOID LABRAL TEARS are upper body soccer injuries either caused by anterior instability, degeneration, or trauma.

  • The glenoid labrum is made up of cartilage that helps line the socket of the ball and socket joint of the shoulder.
  • Typically this soccer injury occurs if player falls or when I goalie dives to block the ball.
  • 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
    • Simple Sling
    • Ice
  • The patient may need surgery if the condition becomes a chronic issue:
    • Breg Slingshot 3
    • Breg Polar Care Cube
  • If instability continues the patient may be placed in a functional brace for sports:
    • DonJoy Sully
    • Brace International SAWA

HAMSTRING STRAIN happens when the hamstring muscle is over-stretched.

  • Depending on symptoms, hamstring strains may be treated conservatively or with surgery.
  • Conservative methods include the following:
    • Rest
    • Ice
    • Compression
      • McDavid Thigh Sleeve
  • If surgery is indicated then we have the tools to help in the recovering post-operatively:
    • Breg T-Sope Hip
    • Custom Hamstring Sling
    • Crutches

HIP LABRAL TEAR causes pain in 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 it may be treated conservatively or with surgery.
  • Conservative Treatment Includes:
    • Crutches
    • Rest
  • If surgery is indicated you will most likely be placed in a brace:
    • Breg T-Scope Hip

QUAD CONTUSION occurs as the result of a direct hit or blow to the quadricep muscle (front of thigh).

  • Pain and swelling could shorten the player’s range of motion.
  • A thigh sleeve concentrated over the affected area can aid recovery

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