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Soccer Injuries – The Top 3 Types of Soccer Injuries In Singapore

With the FIFA World Cup 2022 in full swing, the world’s attention on soccer currently. However, with all sports, increased articles and reports of soccer players getting injured and unable to take part in the tournament. In this article, we will be covering common soccer injuries, why they occur and how physiotherapy treatment can help with sports injuries.

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3 Common Soccer Injuries

3 Common Soccer Injuries

Due to the nature of soccer as a sport – it is not surprising that most soccer injuries are related to the lower body. The 3 most common soccer injuries are ankle sprains, ACL strain/tear and hamstring strain/tear.

Why do these injuries happen during soccer?

In general, all the conditions listed above commonly seen in soccer due to the nature of the sport. Quick turns, poor landings and even players tackling one another can often lead to abnormal loading on the joints, muscles and ligaments.

1) Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains commonly occur due to the rolling of the ankle after tripping while playing soccer. When that happened, the ligaments at the ankle tend to overstretched, resulting in pain and swelling.

2) ACL strain

The ACL is a ligament that connects your thigh bone to your shin bone. The knee placed under stress during sudden movements such as quickly stopping, sudden turns during runs and landing from a jump. When the ACL ligament strained, swelling and pain can occur often accompanied by knee instability.

3) Hamstring strain

Muscle strains occur when the muscle stretched too far or lengthened when activated. Hamstring muscles tend to strained during powerful and explosive movements during jumps, sprints or lunges.

How physiotherapy can help with soccer injuries

The course of treatment would vary according to the severity of each condition. Our physiotherapists will assess each condition personally before coming up with a diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan to get you back to soccer again.

Ankle Sprains Physiotherapy treatment

  • Poor rehab after initial sprains increases the chances of injury recurrence
  • Physio can help with reduction in inflammation, increasing range of motion and advising on the appropriate steps to be taken for a smooth recovery
  • Later stages of rehab include practising motor coordination skills while performing mobility exercises and increasing load bearing capacity of the ankle

ACL strains Physiotherapy treatment

  • Swelling management and client education
  • Strengthening exercises tailored specifically to the client (this is important as gradual and optimal loading is crucial)
  • Later stages will include coordination exercises with greater intensity and changes in direction

Hamstring Strains Physiotherapy treatment

  • Swelling management and appropriate client education (type of activities that can/can’t do, how to manage swelling at home, exercises)
  • Strengthening exercises gradually progress to sport-specific movements
  • Depending on the severity of strain/tear, modalities like ultrasound can be used (helps to increase blood flow of a localised area to reduce swelling and inflammation of the area)

Seek Physiotherapy treatment for sports injuries today

If you are experiencing sports injuries and would like to seek physiotherapy treatment to resolve the problem, do book an appointment with our experienced team of physiotherapists.