Game On: Avoiding Injury During the FIFA World Cup
It’s that time of year again and it’s not likely that you’ll manage to escape the FIFA World Cup. Even if you’re not normally a football fan, you’ll probably find yourself drawn in.
There is around a staggering 270 million people playing in games across the world. Football transcends our differences to unite us in a singular interest and inspire collective joy. And that alone is worth celebrating
Unfortunately the beautiful game does not come without consequence. Football injuries are all too common.
Muscle injuries are a frequent occurrence among players. This type of injury is associated with a burst of acceleration or sprinting, sudden stopping, lunging, sliding or a high kick.
Ankle and knee injuries are also very common. This injury occurs when ligaments are strained, during cutting, twisting, jumping, changing direction or contact/tackling.
Groin pain, in particular, is also a prevalent occurrence, with 1 in 5 players experiencing an injury in a season.
Surprisingly, nearly half of all football injuries can be avoided.
It’s true – preventing injury is possible. In most cases, injuries are caused by an underlying weakness or imbalance in the muscles of the leg, core, and pelvis.
Specialised exercises and training programmes are designed to address the areas that are most vulnerable to injury during a game. These can dramatically reduce your risk of getting injured.
Your physical fitness is the single most important factor in preventing soccer injuries.
For instance, studies have found that —
- Strength training can reduce the incidence of injury by nearly half (47%), compared to players who did no specific strength training.
- 51% of hamstring injuries can be avoided with good proprioceptive programmes.
- Among players who participated in pre-season proprioceptive training 3 times a week, there were 7 times fewer ACL injuries. There was also an 87% decrease in the risk of ankle sprain.
- Neuromuscular training for the knee can reduce the incidents of serious knee injury by 3.5 times!
Whether you are an avid player or prefer to play as a part-time leisure activity, injuries can be bad news. But a little knowledge and preparation can go a long way.
That’s why we’ve put together printable/downloadable fact sheets on the 6 most common football injuries, and how to both prevent and treat them.
Our free fact sheets include prevention and treatment techniques for:
- ACL Injury
- Hamstring Strains
- Ankle Sprains
- Meniscus Injury
- Groin Strains
- Contusion Injury
Our informative fact sheets are perfect for anyone who is interested in preventing injuries, treating injuries, and minimising the risk of re-injury (on our helpful sheets we do mean football not soccer – sorry!)
You can download them here Instant Access to Your Soccer Injury Prevention Kit. If you want to understand more about any of these aspects, get in touch with us. A good preventative programme, incorporating both strength and neuromuscular/proprioceptive training, can help keep you in the game.
If you’ve already suffered from a football injury or your kids, family or friends have suffered from one, download our informative fact sheets for treatment techniques Preventing and treating the Six Most Common Soccer Injuries.
And be sure to check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Loughborough-Physiotherapy-and-Sports-Injuries-Clinic where we’re posting some World Cup-special posts packed with fun and informative tips and tricks to help you stay safe on the soccer pitch.