Avoiding injuries on the field

During practice and games, players are constantly developing balance, agility, coordination, and a sense of teamwork, however, its important that the young talents are aware of the risks for injury.


Injury prevention, early detection, and treatment can keep the players on the field long-term. Sprains and strains are the most common lower extremity injuries. The severity of these injuries varies. Cartilage tears and anterior cruciate ligament sprains in the knee are some of the more common injuries that may require surgery. Other injuries include fractures and contusions from direct blows to the body.

 

Shin splints (soreness in the calf), patellar tendinitis (pain in the knee), and Achilles tendinitis (pain in the back of the ankle) are some of the more common soccer overuse conditions. Injuries to the upper extremities usually occur from falling on an outstretched arm or from player-to-player contact. These conditions include wrist sprains, wrist fractures, and shoulder dislocations.

In case of injuries, the players must be evaluated and treated in the moment. Most injuries are minor and can be treated by a short period of rest, ice, and elevation, however in TNGS be have a team of experts health care professional dedicated to sports medicine that not only evaluate any injury of the talents, but they also work for the prevention of injuries and teach the players ways to prevent future injuries.

 

Some ways to prevent injuries on the field are:

· Use well-fitting cleats and shin guards
· Hydrate adequately
· Pay attention to environmental recommendations, especially concerning excessively hot and humid weather, to help avoid heat illness
· Maintain proper fitness
· Avoid overuse injuries

In TNGS we work with the professionals of Fisioterapia Borja Ortega that provides constant treatment and care for the players as well as the knowledge and information to avoid injures on the field.