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Common Soccer Injuries
- Pulling a muscle too far in a direction it does not want to go
- Contracting a muscle hard against resistance
- Contracting a muscle hard when the muscle is not ready
4. Head Injury
General Prevention Tips
- Cardio : Start with a few laps to get your heart rate up.
- Stretching : Focus particularly on the lower body and hips; do not forget to stretch your neck gently.
- Passing : Begin with short-distance passing, then move gradually into longer distance drives.
- Shooting : Work up from lighter, shorter shots on net to harder shots.
- Sprinting : Include a few short distance sprints.
- Wear cleats and shin guards that fit.
- Take precautions when playing in very hot and humid weather.
- Stay hydrated and follow a nutritious diet.
- Avoid overuse injuries. Consider taking at least one season off each year.
- Do not play when you are tired.
- Pay attention to your body. If you feel pain or discomfort, then limit your training time and intensity.
- Talk to your trainer or sports medicine doctor to learn more about other injuries and prevention tips.
American College of Sports Medicine http://www.acsm.org
United States Soccer Federation http://www.ussoccer.com
The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 01/2013
- Update Date: 01/28/2013