Use accredited umpires and stick to the rules to decrease the risk of contact and injury. Wear the right soccer protective gear Suggestions include: Wear a mouthguard, preferably custom-fitted, at all times. Wear shock absorbent shin guards at all times. Seek professional advice on the correct fitting of shin guards. Consider preventive ankle taping or bracing to reduce risk of injury. Seek professional advice on footwear. Check the soccer gear and environment Suggestions include:
The Virginia Tech Helmet Lab has just released the first safety ratings for soccer headgear. Their results suggest that even lightweight headbands like the one at left can reduce a player's head-injury risk substantially. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world.
The study, conducted by Purdue University engineers, found that inflating balls to pressures on the lower end of ranges enforced by soccer governing bodies such as the NCAA and FIFA could reduce forces associated with potential head injury by about 20%.
how can soccer injuries be prevented? Have a pre-season physical examination and follow your doctor's recommendations Use well-fitting cleats and shin guards — there is some evidence that molded and multi-studded cleats are safer than screw-in cleats
Soccer balls should be properly inflated, water-resistant and the correct size for the age group. While some equipment is optional, players can consider the following to prevent against injury: Goalkeepers should wear padded gloves with finger-protectors. Goalkeepers should wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, possibly with elbow and knee padding.
In field sports, such as soccer or football, sports cleats with plastic spikes are worn for traction and to reduce the risk of injuries from falls. Running shoes are worn by athletes and are designed for optimised pronation and minimise overuse of the feet and ankle joint.
Overall evidence supports the use of the 11+ neuromuscular training warm-up and focused strength training, and there is emerging evidence for load management programs to mitigate injury risk among soccer players.
This F-MARC 11+ program reduced overall risk and severity of lower extremity injury compared with controls in collegiate-aged male soccer athletes. This F-MARC 11+ program reduced overall risk and severity of lower extremity injury compared with controls in collegiate-aged male soccer athletes.