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10 World Cup Injuries You Can Have for Yourself

The World Cup is well and truly upon us and the problems of the players are front page news all over the world. Because of the nature of any sport, including soccer, the nature and form of injuries which are typically suffered are reasonably predictable. So managers have been holding their breath and hoping their star players do not suffer one of the common injuries which is going to take them out of the World Cup competition. I thought I''d go through the most common injuries and give you an idea of what you can expect and how to manage it.

The typical injuries which footballers suffer include anterior cruciate ligament injury, meniscal injury, calf injury, Achilles tendon rupture, groin strains, ankle sprains, hamstring strains, metatarsal fractures, medial ligament injury and ankle/leg fractures. The severity and importance of these injuries varies greatly but all benefit from proper management although some need medical review initially for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

If the injury is suitable for standard acute management then the principles of managing an acute injury are remembered by using PRICE. First of all protect the part from further exposure to damaging stresses which will worsen the injury. Secondly Rest the part for a variable period to let the inflammation die down and pain reduce. Thirdly put Ice on the part if possible to reduce the blood flow and limit inflammatory swelling. Fourthly use compression if possible by bandaging the part, an important but often forgotten technique, perhaps more important than using cold. Fifthly elevate the part above heart level if possible to drain fluid away from the injury and prevent the build up of tissue fluid as swelling.

Your physiotherapist will guide you through the injury, using these principles to start with and introducing exercising as soon as the muscle or tissue are can take a gently contraction, as this begins to restore normal muscle and tissue function. This will be followed by gentle stretches, a graded exercise programme and a graded return to normal or sporting function as the injury dictates. Resumption of sport is not wise until the pain has completely settled, the area is fully stretchable without discomfort, full power can be exerted through the area and functional training has been thoroughly pursued as close to the sporting performance as possible.


Author:Jonathan Blood-Smyth

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