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Common Soccer Injuries


The combination of running and kicking in a fast-paced environment places soccer players at risk for several hip, leg knee, foot, and ankle injuries.

Hip, leg, and knee injuries can include:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
  • Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome (inflammation of the tendon that runs along the outside of the upper thigh)
  • Meniscus tears
  • Patellofemoral syndrome (a thinning and softening of the shock-absorbing cartilage under the kneecap)
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tears
  • Shin splints (inflammation of the layer of tissue over the shin bone)
  • Torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligament (ACL/PCL)

Foot and ankle injuries can include:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Ankle sprain
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain due to inflammation of the thick ligament of the base of the foot)

Soccer Safety and Injury Prevention Tips

  • Make sure the field is in good condition and free of debris before every game or practice.
  • Remember to warm up and stretch before hitting the field, paying special attention to your hips, knees, thighs, and calves.
  • Be prepared for emergencies with a first aid kit, a supply of ice, and the phone number of your team physician or the nearest medical facility.
  • Make sure all equipment-including shin guards and cleats-fits properly and is worn correctly.
  • If you need to wear glasses while playing or practicing, make sure the lenses are shatterproof or wear glass guards.

The Houston Dynamo turns to the trusted physicians of Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine when injury takes them out of the game-and we're here to provide the same quality of care for the soccer star in your family.

To find out more about soccer injuries or to make an appointment with one of our sports medicine specialists, visit the Request an Appointment page or contact us.

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