Preventing Soccer Injuries with Physical Therapy NJ

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With all the excitement surrounding the World Cup, we’ve been hearing a lot of questions from parents throughout New Jersey asking about soccer injuries. Many countries have these athletes go to physiotherapy for treatment of these injuries. In the USA the term physical therapy is used in place of physiotherapy for the same interventions. With 23 state-of-the-art physical therapy NJ facilities, we’ve treated a lot of injuries from a wide range of sports, including soccer. It’s important for parents to recognize the potential risks for players and proper strategies to help prevent future injuries.

It’s the most popular sport in the world. Soccer helps to develop coordination, agility, stamina, endurance and teamwork. But, like most sports, it comes with risk for injury…without warning. Whether on a rec league or travel team, here are some of the most common soccer injury statistics New Jersey parents should be aware of:

  • Injury rates during games are four times higher than in practice.
  • Game injuries are often contact injuries between players, while practice injuries are often not.
  • In both games and practices, more than 60% of injuries occur in the lower body.
  • Most soccer injuries are considered soft tissue injuries.
  • Many soccer injuries involve sprained ankles (17%) and foot Shin splints, patellar tendonitis, and Achilles tendinitis are also common conditions.
  • Considered season-ending injuries, ACL injuries and meniscus tears are common due to the nature of the sport.
  • In young soccer players, knee and heel pain can be common.

The top 4 injuries, according to the United States Soccer Federation, include:

  • Lateral ankle sprain
  • ACL (knee) sprain
  • Groin strain (pulled groin)
  • Hamstring strain (pulled hamstring)

This past June, Brazil’s Soccer superstar, Neymar made his return to the field in a World Cup tune-up against Croatia in Liverpool. This, just months after experiencing a foot injury in February. As part of his recovery on his fractured metatarsal in the right foot, Neymar underwent physical therapy, posting updates on Instagram about his progress from his physiotherapy treatments.

Often, minor injuries often lead to other injuries down the road if they’re not treated promptly and rehabilitated properly. That’s a vital concept for New Jersey soccer players (and their parents) to understand and why physical therapy is so important.

How Physiotherapy Helps with Injury Prevention

Whether you’re a World Cup athlete, youth competitor or weekend warrior, you can improve the longevity of your participation (in any sport) with physical therapy.

Whether from lunging for a ball, making a sharp turn or awkwardly landing with poor body mechanics, most soccer injuries are non-contact which means an athlete can minimize their risk.

Physical therapy works in several ways to help players get back to the field. We work with athletes on range of motion, for example, multidirectional knee stability training to prepare for a variety of loads during practice and games. We’ll also address agility training to improve body mechanics during fast changes of direction and to improve proprioception in the foot. Once that foundation is built, we’ll include plyometrics to enhance power and improve landing positions during aerial play. Additionally, effective warm ups will be designed to help the athlete improve hip and maintain proper joint flexibility.

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If injured, get treatment immediately. Generally, the longer you wait for treatment after sustaining an injury, the longer recovery will take. It’s not just about treating an injury, it’s also about designing the right protocol that provides the best hands-on treatment for a faster recovery.

Each player has their own story, we’re here to help you stay healthy and injury-free for your next game. To visit one of our physical therapy NJ locations, simply fill out our contact form or search using your zip code online.

Why Choose Twin Boro

Voted Readers’ Choice Best of New Jersey in 2013, Twin Boro has provided NJ residents with high quality physical therapy and rehab for over 38 years! It’s our award-winning approach, proven results and reputation that sets us apart. By incorporating the One2Four program into each patient’s program, the latest and most reliable scientific research and techniques is incorporated into effective evidence-based practice, we deliver only the highest standard of care with the unique One2Four approach.

It’s no surprise that Twin Boro Physical Therapy has also been voted the best physical therapy practice in New Jersey by the readers of mycentraljersey.com.

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