Soccer injuries are extremely frustrating for everyone involved. Fans hate to see their heroes miss games and the players can’t take sitting on the sidelines. What’s worse is during the recovery period when you can’t play at 100%. Here are the different types of injuries typical in soccer.
The first thing to check is when moving the injured limb. If moving the limb with outside help causes pain, then the injury most likely joint, bone, or ligament related. Alternatively, it is a strained muscle or tendon.
An abrasion occurs from physical contact with another player or the field. It is important to disinfect and treat the abrasion with antibiotic to prevent infection. Then cover it up as quickly as possible. Although a player might feel extreme discomfort, he rarely means sitting a game out.
Strains and sprains are the results of a violent movement of a particular limb. How bad the injury is depends on the extent of the sprain/strain. Regarding severity, it could be mildly painful or bad enough that the player cannot move the limb. Warming up properly before the game can reduce the chance of this type of injury.
Dislocations and fractures are from extreme physical contact of the bones. This type of injury usually requires medical intervention and means a trip to the nearest medical facility. There are no circumstances in which a player returns to the game without long-term recovery.