The most vulnerable body parts when you play soccer

The most vulnerable body parts when you play soccer


Those occasional soccer games with friends or with colleagues in the office are for spreading and doing some exercise. However, they also have a competitive side.

We can be a little past kilos, up in years or lack of sleep for the party on Friday night, but we always want to show off on the court and repeat some of the maneuvers with the ball that were easy for us in the past.

To be able to reach that precious goal pass, to have the luxury of a Chilean average or chalaca or to intercept that accurate shot of the rival makes us good to the ego.

Until we feel the pull dislocation or God free us, fracture .

There is no doubt that football puts a great burden on the body and exposes it to injuries . But there are some parts that, by the very nature of the game, are particularly vulnerable.

However, there are ways to decrease the chances of a player injury.

Here are five regions of the body that you should pay attention to:


Ankle sprains are the most common injury in most sports, but more so in football where fast turns are essential.

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Image captionAnkle injuries can be avoided with the use of ankle braces and protective bandages.

Injuries affecting the ankle include stress fractures or trauma, ligament sprain, muscle injury, plantar fasciitis (affecting the heel and lower part of the foot) and tendonitis.

Fortunately, ankle injuries can be reduced through exercises, better training methods and prevention with the use of ankles and bandages .


This is a football injury that can turn out to be extremely serious.

The knee is the most complex joint in the body , consisting of muscles, ligaments, tendons and the juncture of four bones. There are many things that can fail.

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Image captionThe knee is the most complex joint in the body.

Damage to the medial collateral ligament (CML) is the most common lesion of the knee, although the tendons may also be affected.

The incidence of damage to the anterior cruciate ligament (LAC) is relatively minor, but doctors used to force you to give up football altogether.

Nowadays, with a successful operation and physiotherapy you can return to the court in six months, although it could take you much longer before you feel completely confident in the stability of your knee.


The most common injuries of this upper leg occur in the hamstrings (the posterior muscles), followed by the quadriceps (the anterior muscles).

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Image captionA rupture of the hamstring muscles may require several months of recovery.

Injuries happen for a variety of causes including muscle tightness, muscle imbalance or fatigue .

The recovery time of a white tissue injury depends on a number of factors such as how much tissue is damaged and whether it is the muscle, tendon or ligament.

grade one sprain can take a few days to heal, while a grade three muscle break can take you away from the courts for three months or more.

Ingle and hip

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Image captionInjuries in the groin and hip region are very difficult to diagnose.

Injuries in this region can be difficult to diagnose but the most common problems have to do with the adductor muscles (those that are used for a lateral pass or to tighten the legs) and distention.

Medical specialists in sports injuries have great difficulty in identifying the exact lesion and there is very little consensus on how to treat chronic pain in this area of the body.

The complex anatomy of the groin and hip region can lead to the wrong treatment and even the possibility of not being able to play soccer without pain.


Although injuries to the lower extremities are a major concern for a soccer player, a healthy heart is essential to undergo extensive periods of physical exertion.

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Image captionIt is advisable to have the approval of a cardiologist before making an extensive physical effort.

It is advisable to obtain the approval of a cardiologist to ensure that you do not have any irregular heart or pulse .

As, after all, it’s about having fun and staying healthy with sports.


Here are some simple recommendations that can help you avoid injuries and make your experience with football healthier and more enjoyable.

  • Varied diet: The b ood nutrition is the secret of success. Add a good balanced variety of proteins and carbohydrates to your diet.
  • Specific exercises: You can be in good physical condition, but the body must be prepared for the specific experience of football and you must exercise and stretch the muscles involved in that sport.
  • Hydration: Drink enough and often water to stay hydrated and avoid cramping. Energy drinks can replenish glucose levels but they also have high sugar content.
  • Rest: Injuries need time to heal. Do not rush to get back on the court, if you do it and injure yourself again, the recovery could take twice as long.
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