What are some common soccer injuries?

sprained ankle is the most common injury for  soccer players and accounts for 17% of all injuries in both games and practices, according to the study. Ankle sprains are often caused when you make a sudden stop or change of direction, causing the ankle to twist unnaturally.

Muscle-tendon injuries to the upper leg. These include injuries to the quadriceps and hamstring muscles.Muscle-tendon injuries to the hip or pelvis. Because of the complex anatomy of this part of the body, injuries to the soft tissues of the hip and pelvis are often described under the general label of sports hernia (athletic pubalgia).Knee injuries.

Concussion. Since there is a likelihood of player-on-player contact during games, concussions were 14 times more likely to occur during a game than during practice.

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Jody Wiebe, physiotherapist, discusses ankle sprains in soccer.

Jody Wiebe, physiotherapist, discusses preventing ACL injuries in soccer.

Jody Wiebe, physiotherapist, discusses preventing muscle pulls in soccer.

The Treatment of Concussion with Interdisciplinary Health Teams

When it comes to treatment of concussion, it’s pretty important to emphasize that concussion is a treatable injury. There’s been a lot of work done in our communities educating people to identify concussion, to remove athletes from play when concussions have occurred, but there’s been much less knowledge shared with the community and much less awareness in our community around the treatability of concussion.

That treatment model includes a clearance by a physician to make sure that there’s nothing medically critical that’s going on in that individual, but the next step is engaging an interdisciplinary team. A team that would include a neuropsychologist to assess cognition, a physiotherapist to assess the visual system, which is also called the ocular motor system, the vestibular system, cervical system, perhaps an athletic therapist to assess exertion tolerance in that individual, and then an occupational therapist to determine dysfunction in an individual’s life and so on.

But the team is truly needed in order to treat all these different areas that are impacted by a concussion when they occur. Without that treatment team in place, the other thing that we’ve been missing is some reasonable certainty that a concussion has resolved when making return to play or return to learn decisions.

And the most crucial component of managing a concussion is making sure that an individual whose concussion or mild traumatic brain injury hasn’t resolved is not returned to play before that time, because that is where the danger of prolonged or persistent symptoms, or perhaps even those more extreme cases that result in avoidable deaths in our youth athletes can occur.

The most important thing to know in concussion management is that it is a treatable injury. If someone is having persistent symptoms or they’re concerned about their symptoms, these can be assessed and treated and rehabilitated by an interdisciplinary treatment team.

Presenter: Dr. Cirelle K. Rosenblatt, Psychologist, Vancouver, BC

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Ankle Injuries, Pain and Sprains in Soccer

Ankle sprains commonly occur in soccer due to the physical nature of the sport and the player-to-player contact.

The cleats that are worn while playing soccer have little to no ankle stability. There are also lots of quick changes in direction, pivoting, and that kind of thing involved on the field.

As well as the terrain, itself, depending on the weather conditions the grass, or the turf can – doesn’t have a lot of give and the foot can get stuck and roll out, causing an ankle sprain.

If soccer players are interested in finding out more about how these conditions can lead to ankle sprains, they can speak to their doctor, their Local physiotherapist, as well as their coach.

Presenter: Ms. Jody Wiebe, Physiotherapist, Surrey, BC

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Muscles Associated with Soccer Injuries

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Muscle pulls or muscle strains are really common in soccer due to the quick acceleration and deceleration movements involved, quick changes in directions, also the longer passing or kicking of the soccer ball as well as prolonged or sustained sprints.

The common muscle groups that are involved in muscle pulls in soccer specifically are the groin or the adductors, as well as the hamstring muscle, which is the back of the thigh.

For groin pulls or adductor pulls they usually occur higher up on the muscle, closer to the pelvic bone. For the hamstring muscle the pulls can tend to occur at the mid-belly of the muscle, or closer to the tendinois insertions, which is closer to the knee or up closer to the buttock.

If a soccer player has additional questions on how muscle pulls are common in soccer they should to speak to their registered physiotherapist.

Presenter: Ms. Jody Wiebe, Physiotherapist, Surrey, BC

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Dr. Cirelle K. Rosenblatt, PhD, CIC, Health Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, talks about how what occurs inside the brain when a concussion occurs and how it is diagnosed.

Dr. Dean Johnston, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, Neurologist, discusses concussion and the various symptoms of concussion.

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