Soccer players should play safe to avoid ACL injuries

October 5, 2012

Topic: injury prevention

Soccer players should play safe to avoid ACL injuries

One common injury that is observed among soccer players is a partial or complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which is why coaches should stress injury prevention methods. However, following ACL surgery, most players are capable of returning to practice and games, according to a new study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine looked at the medical records of 100 athletes who had ACL injuries, and found that individuals who were female and older were less likely to return to the field after surgery, as compared to younger males, Reuters Health reported. In addition, within seven years, only 12 of the participants received a second procedure on the same or opposite knee.

"The good news is, you can get back to a sport like soccer after an ACL reconstruction," said researcher Robert Brophy, M.D.

In order to prevent soccer injuries, it's important for athletes to stay in shape both during competitive and off-seasons, warm up before engaging in any physical activity, cool down after exercising, drink water throughout the day and wear proper safety gear, HealthDay reported. 

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