When most people think of the term “contact sports,” the first thing that comes to mind is probably football. But what about fútbol? Soccer is indeed a contact sport, and anyone who is into the game is fully aware of this fact — and so are the trainers at our soccer classes near Newtown, PA.
After reviewing the infographic below on injury prevention, take a look at three of the most common soccer injuries, and the immediate steps you should take if you wind up hurt on the field.
Ankle sprains are some of the most common injuries in soccer because we rely on our feet and legs more than any other part of the body while playing and practicing. A sprained ankle can quickly develop into a nagging, long-term issue if not addressed promptly and properly. If you hurt yourself on the field and suspect that it could be an ankle sprain, have someone help you off the field — you don’t want to risk walking on it and making the injury worse. After that, you should visit an urgent care center as soon as possible to ensure that it’s just a sprain. Other than that, simply rest as much as possible while icing and elevating the injured limb, and be sure to stay in touch with a doctor who can monitor your progress.
Also known as “strawberries” or “turf burn” in some cases, mild skin injuries shouldn’t keep you off the field for too long, if it all. But they definitely sting and can distract you from playing your best if they aren’t treated properly. Make sure to wash skin injuries as quickly as possible with soap and hot water, and cover them with a bandage that’s large enough to cover the entire wound. If you are worried that you may have an infection, see a doctor as soon as possible!
Concussions are serious injuries that must not be taken lightly. Heading the ball isn’t the cause of most concussions; a head injury is more likely to come from contact with another player while going in for a challenge. If your head collides with an elbow, foot, another head, or the ground, your safest course of action would be to step off the field and get evaluated as soon as possible. Don’t try any home remedies if you haven’t seen a doctor first — concussions are serious injuries that must be examined by medical professionals.
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