• What are some common soccer injuries?

    A sprained ankle is the most common injury for  soccer players and accounts for 17% of all injuries in both games and practices, according to the study. Ankle sprains are often caused when you make a sudden stop or change of direction, causing the ankle to twist unnaturally.

    Muscle-tendon injuries to the upper leg. These include injuries to the quadriceps and hamstring muscles.Muscle-tendon injuries to the hip or pelvis. Because of the complex anatomy of this part of the body, injuries to the soft tissues of the hip and pelvis are often described under the general label of sports hernia (athletic pubalgia).Knee injuries.

    Concussion. Since there is a likelihood of player-on-player contact during games, concussions were 14 times more likely to occur during a game than during practice.

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    Jody Wiebe, physiotherapist, discusses preventing muscle pulls in soccer.
    Jody Wiebe, physiotherapist, discusses preventing muscle pulls in soccer.
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    Jody Wiebe, physiotherapist, discusses preventing ACL injuries in soccer.
    Jody Wiebe, physiotherapist, discusses preventing ACL injuries in soccer.
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    Jody Wiebe, physiotherapist, discusses preventing ACL injuries in soccer.
    Jody Wiebe, physiotherapist, discusses preventing ACL injuries in soccer.
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    Ashley Charlebois, RD, discusses diet for soccer players.
    Ashley Charlebois, RD, discusses diet for soccer players.
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    Dr. Jeffrey Norden, DDS, discusses traumatic soccer injuries.
    Dr. Jeffrey Norden, DDS, discusses traumatic soccer injuries.
  • Ankle Injuries, Pain and Sprains in Soccer

    Ankle sprains commonly occur in soccer due to the physical nature of the sport and the player-to-player contact. The cleats that are worn while playing soccer have little to no ankle stability. There are also lots of quick changes in direction, pivoting, and that kind of thing involved on the field.

                                  

    As well as the terrain, itself, depending on the weather conditions the grass, or the turf can – doesn’t have a lot of give and the foot can get stuck and roll out, causing an ankle sprain. If soccer players are interested in finding out more about how these conditions can lead to ankle sprains, they can speak to their doctor, their physiotherapist, as well as their coach. Local Orthopedic Surgeon.

    Presenter: Ms. Jody Wiebe, Physiotherapist, Surrey, BC

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  • Muscles Associated with Soccer Injuries

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    Muscle pulls or muscle strains are really common in soccer due to the quick acceleration and deceleration movements involved, quick changes in directions, also the longer passing or kicking of the soccer ball as well as prolonged or sustained sprints.

    The common muscle groups that are involved in muscle pulls in soccer specifically are the groin or the adductors, as well as the hamstring muscle, which is the back of the thigh. A local chiropractor may work with your local massage therapist and your local physiotherapist to create the best health or rehabilitation plan for your situation.

    For groin pulls or adductor pulls they usually occur higher up on the muscle, closer to the pelvic bone. For the hamstring muscle the pulls can tend to occur at the mid-belly of the muscle, or closer to the tendinois insertions, which is closer to the knee or up closer to the buttock. 

    If a soccer player has additional questions on how muscle pulls are common in soccer they should to speak to their registered physiotherapist.

    Presenter: Ms. Jody Wiebe, Physiotherapist, Surrey, BC

    Local Practitioners: Physiotherapist

  • What is a Concussion and What Are The Symptoms?

    A concussion is a brain injury due to trauma, usually a blow to the head, but it can also be associated with sudden deceleration or slowing down of the brain inside the skull, which can cause damage by the contact of the brain with the skull, or simply by tearing the neurons deep inside the brain.

    Concussion causes immediate, but usually temporary, brain dysfunction. The common causes of concussion are motor vehicle accidents and sports.

    It’s estimated, at least in the United States, that there may be between one and three million people who suffer concussion every year. A significant portion of those patients are high school students playing contact sports, for example.

    Concussions can be mild or severe, but they’re always serious. Most people will recover from a concussion, and it’s rare for patients to have permanent injury from at least a single concussion.

    But patients can be disabled by concussion symptoms for many weeks or months after the initial concussion. Loss of consciousness is not necessary to diagnose a concussion. Often seeing a local family physician or a physiotherapist in conjunction with a registered dietitian and athletic therapist is a great option to take control of this condition. Smart Food Now and exercise is also optominal for overall health.    

    If you have other questions about concussion, you should contact your physician.

    Presenter: Dr. Dean Johnston, Neurologist, Vancouver, BC

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