Posted by | July 13 | 2018

Blowing the Whistle on Soccer Injuries

Whether you play for the big leagues or just for a fun family match, soccer might make an appearance in your life this summer. Regardless of the level of expertise, everyone is susceptible to an injury in a game. In today’s blog, MedRehab Group has the five most common injuries people encounter while playing soccer, affecting their health and performance. Alongside those injuries will be physical therapist-recommended exercises to make sure everyone can avoid them and keep up the competition all summer long.

1. Stomach pains and aches. Prior to a game, if a player doesn’t take a sufficient amount of time to warm up their body, they may feel it throughout the game in the form of stomach pains. Knee-ups are a form of cardio, which means the heart gradually begins to work harder like it would during a game and blood efficiently begins to flow throughout the body. This is a great place to start a warm-up since muscles must be prepared to achieve effective stretching.

2. Lower back pain. Often when individuals experience lower back pain it is usually correlated to a lack of abdominal engagement or poor posture. Planks are a great way to engage the core before a game, reminding the body of correct alignment to avoid that dreadful ache in the back. Receiving regular adjustments with massage therapy is another excellent way to relieve stress off of the spine.

3. Achilles’ tendon damage. A lot of individuals tend to neglect to warm up their Achilles’ tendon which can result in poor performance and the potential of rupturing the tendon. It is not only important to warm it up to take performance to a level but because if you don’t and your Achilles ruptures, it could be months before you can get back on the field. This injury can be avoided by strengthening the tendon with calf raises and stretching it via acute lunges with the heel grounded to the floor.

4. Knee dislocation. Knee dislocations often occur when players aren’t conscious of their alignment and don’t support their knees. This can be avoided by practicing hip and knee rotations which will help warm up the joints as well as the muscles that support them.

5. Shoulder and arm injuries. Last but not least, shoulder injuries can often come along when the game gets too aggressive. Shoulder or arm injuries are just as bad (if not worse) than a red card because they are painful and will keep you on the bench for an extended period of time. Some ways to avoid injuries in the arms and shoulders include arm circles, elbow-behind-head stretches, and
arm-across-chest stretches.

No matter your level, sport or team, physiotherapy is always the best way to maintain your game. Have any current injuries, which need attention or want to start a preventative treatment? MedRehab Group is a multidisciplinary clinic with the tools and physical therapists to get you in prime condition for the summer season. With services like acupuncture, shockwave therapy, physiotherapy and massage therapy, MedRehab is the coach that will get you to the big leagues. Call us today or check out our website at for more information on our services and programs.


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