Football / Soccer Injuries
Article by Zoe Russell
Most Common Football - Soccer Injuries
To assist clarity between the football codes this article refers to football, the round ball game formerly known as soccer.
Thankfully most soccer injuries are a soft tissue injury. As expected, 50-80% of football / soccer injuries affect the feet and legs. 40-45% of leg injuries involve ankle injuries and foot pain. Most of those injuries are a sprained ankle.
Knee injuries account for 25% of leg injuries. The ACL injury (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) is the most common season-ending problem but other knee ligaments are common. Meniscus tears are also common due to the pivoting nature of football.
In the lower leg, tibial shaft fractures are uncommon, but they represent the most severe type of lower extremity trauma in soccer.
Head injuries account for 4-22% of soccer injuries. Concussions make up 2-3% of all soccer injuries. Most severe head injuries are caused by collisions. The collisions could be with other players, goalposts, the ground, or the ball. Neck pain and shoulder pain can occur. Mild whiplash injury has been reported after head clashes or impact with the ground.
Goalkeepers are susceptible to shoulder injuries from falls and collisions. However, even field players can suffer from a rotator cuff injury during throw-ins or falls.
Please find more detailed information about common football injuries below.
Common Football Injuries
- ACL injury
- Knee Ligament Injuries
- Meniscus tears
- Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
- Patella Tendonitis (Tendinopathy)
- Chondromalacia Patella
- ITB Syndrome
- Knee Arthritis
- Plica Syndrome
- Osgood Schlatter’s
- Sinding-Larsen-Johansson Disease
- Sprained Ankle
- High Ankle Sprain
- Anterior Ankle Impingement
- Peroneal Tendonitis
- Retrocalcaneal Bursitis
- Hip labral tear
- Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
- Gluteal Tendinopathy
- Hip Arthritis (Osteoarthritis)
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Stress Fracture
- Trochanteric Bursitis
- Back Muscle Pain
- Bulging Disc
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Facet Joint Pain
- Sacroiliac Joint Pain
FFA Sportscover Insurance
FFA Registered players are covered by FFA’s "Sportscover Insurance".
The insurers will reimburse you for your physiotherapy costs. There is a $50 excess and they will then pay you 85% of the balance up to $2500.
More info: Phone 1800 811 371. Ask for the FFA Insurance Team
FIFA 11+ Warm up & Injury Prevention Program
The “FIFA 11+” is a warm-up to prevent injury. It was developed by leading sports medicine professionals.
FIFA 11+ is based on your body having some natural defence mechanisms against injuries that you can train to become more “resistant” to injuries. For example, training certain muscles helps you to stabilise joints Training your balance makes you less susceptible to loss of balance and falls. There are certain techniques, e.g. how you jump or land, that protect you from getting injured in these critical situations.
The FIFA 11+ combines exercises that train your body to provide you with general protection from injuries. “FIFA 11+” is a complete warm-up that is recommended to be performed prior to every training session. You should be at least 14 years of age to start “FIFA 11+”.
In a scientific study with almost 2,000 female youth players, teams performing “FIFA 11+” at least twice a week had 30 to 50% fewer injured players than teams who warmed up as usual. The greater care you take to correctly perform each exercise, the greater the effect.
There are two important points to foolow for the best results from FIFA 11+:
- You should perform all the exercises of “FIFA 11+” correctly. The greater care you take with the "quality" of exercise, the greater the benefit.
- You have to do “FIFA 11+” regularly; at least twice a week.
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Last updated 17-Feb-2017 06:20 PM
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