Injury Prevention for Soccer

by Michael Wood

Soccer has an overall injury rate of approximately 10-15 injuries per 1000 hours of playing hours (Junge 2000). In Australia, soccer ranks 5th for all injuries presenting to an emergency department. In addition, approximately 10% of all injuries are major injuries in which a player is sidelined for more than a month.

Why Injury Prevention?

Soccer player outlineINJURIES

Traumatic

Non-traumatic (overuse)

WHERE?

PREVENTION METHODS

Research has indicated that injury prevention measures are effective in reducing the number of injuries occurring during the soccer season (Junge 2002, Yeung 2001).

Taping

Equipment

Injury prevention exercises

Similar exercises can be incorporated during training or during the warm-up

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