Soccer Injury Facts

Sports specialization has become common into today’s athletic landscape – particularly in soccer.  The fact that athletes train and compete year-around can have significant consequences counterproductive to an athlete’s overall goal – athletic optimization.  


  • Soccer players are uniquely susceptible to muscle strains and ligament sprains due to the quick changes in direction, lateral movements, pivoting and the rapid accelerations and decelerations involved in the sport.
  • Muscle strains (25.8 percent), followed by ligament sprains (25.3 percent), contusions (20.3 percent) and concussions (5.5 percent), are the most common types of soccer injuries.
  • Significant association has been shown between pre-season hamstring muscle tightness and subsequent development of a hamstring muscle injury.
  • Soccer players with untreated strength imbalances were found to be 4 to 5 times more likely to sustain an injury. 
  • Previous injury is a high-risk factor to another injury.  Authors have reported a two to three-fold increase injury rate among previously injured players.
  • The majority of injuries (35.5 percent) caused three to six days of time loss from participation, while injuries accounting for 21 or more days ranked last at 10.0 percent.
  • Strength deficits between the two limbs or between opposing muscles have been reported in sports with asymmetric patterns like soccer.
  • In soccer, strength imbalance has been involved in injuries to lower limbs.
  • 54% of the athletes say they have played injured.
  • More injuries occurred in the second half (50.5percent) versus the first half (34.2 percent) of competitions.
Posted by vivadmin at 9/26/2017 3:40:00 AM
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