It’s that time when the winter sports are starting up!
Over the next few weeks we will talk about the common injuries specific to each of the popular winter sports.
Starting today with soccer!
– In 2011 there were about 3000 hospitalisations in Australia caused by soccer related injuries (AIHW).
– As most of you can guess, the majority of soccer injuries are to the lower limb. However the second most commonly injured area is the head. Therefore, it is important to consider multiple areas of the body when dealing with soccer players.
– Injuries of the lower limb can commonly cause issues at a site other than the point of injury. For example, if you sprain your ankle, then have to walk with a slight limp for a few days, you may notice the pain migrates to the knee, hip or lower back. This may be the result of the change in gait pattern (the way you walk) due to a compensatory mechanism used by the body to protect the injured area.
The kinematic chain of the lower limb (ankle, knee, hip) is functioning differently to normal and this can cause an overload of stress to be placed on an area that is not used to it. Being assessed by a health professional (such as a chiro or physio) can be important to try and minimise the risk of further injury, even to a different part of the body.
– Head injuries can be much more serious and immediate referral to a hospital or GP is advised if any brain or spinal cord involvement is suspected.
However, anyone who has been in a car accident or suffered whiplash may tell you that the real pain didn’t occur at the time of the accident, but several days to a week later.
It is not uncommon for the neck to be sore a few days after a head injury (such as a head clash) due to the sudden change in movement. Again, being assessed by a chiro after a head clash or neck strain may help to get you back on the field sooner and feeling better!
Both of our practitioners Wayne and Jak have over 15 years of soccer experience each and have treated many patients who have injured themselves on the field.
Even if you’re uninjured, it may be a good idea to drop in to the clinic and let us assess your musculoskeletal mobility to help you function at your peak this season!
Pic – Usain Bolt receiving chiropractic treatment before an event. One of our favourite chiropractic ambassadors!
Kellyville Chiropractic Team.
(Reference: statistics from www.aihw.gov.au)