Injuries to several key players have left them sidelined for this year’s World Cup. The list of players who did not make into 2014FIFA World Cup through injuries includes:
- Kevin Strootman – Netherlands
- Luis Montes – Mexico
- Franck Ribery – France
- Radamel Falcao – Columbia
- Marco Reus – Germany
- Theo Walcot – England
- Roman Shirikov – Russia
- Riccardo Montolivo – Italy
- Christian Benteke – Belgium
Injuries, ranging from rolled ankles to leg fractures have dealt a major blow to this year’s world cup. It is not an unusual thing for injuries to take toll in the wake of build up to a world cup. Injuries come biting partly because of an increasing demand put on players by their respective clubs, and may also come because of their short turnaround before commencing duties with the national teams. According to FIFA President Seb Blatter, injuries to football players shortly before a world cup are due to too long club seasons, and the situation is made worse by the fact that the same players who play key roles for their clubs are the ones expected to drive their national teams forward.
However, fatigue alone cannot be blamed entirely for the injuries on key players. Ailments for muscles occur at stages of a season, while reckless tackles and missteps are partly to blame for injuries. According the United of States midfielder, Michael Brandley, all football players are always careful not to get injured during the game. However, according to him, sometimes players get hurt without their knowledge. He goes on to claim that nobody as a player feels good when another player from the opponent team gets injured.
Common Soccer Injuries
- Lower Extremities: strains and sprains are the most common injuries for the lower extremity. Anterior cruciate ligament and cartilage tears in the knee are some of the injuries that require surgery for correction. Other sports injuries under this category include direct blows to the body.
- Overuse of Lower Extremities: Some of the common soccer overuse conditions include patellar tendonitis (pain in the knee), Shin splints (soreness in the calf), and Achilles tendonitis (pain in the back of the ankle). Football players are also affected by groin pulls and thigh and calf muscle strains.
- Upper extremities: Upper extremity injuries usually occur from player to player contact or from falling on outstretched arm. These injuries include the wrist fractures, wrist sprains and shoulder dislocations.
- Head, Neck and Face Injuries: Common injuries to the neck, head, and face include bruises and cuts, fractures, concussions and neck sprains. A concussion is an alteration in a footballer’s mental state as a result of head trauma and should always get attended to by a physician.
Treatment Options to Soccer Injuries
- You need to stop playing immediately until your injury has been evaluated by a doctor.
- In some minor injuries, treatment using ice, rest, and elevation can be applied.
- Injuries due to overuse of muscles can be treated by having a short period of rest. This means that a footballer can continue to practice waiting for rest.
- You need to only return to the field of play once you have been cleared by your physician.
Tips For Preventing Soccer Injuries
- Ensure you had a pre-season physical examination before embarking on a new season.
- Use well-fitting shin guards and cleats. Various evidence show that molded and multi-studded cleats offer proper cushioning than screw-in cleats. Have a pre-season physical examination and follow your doctor’s recommendations.
- Make sure you are aware of dangerous conditions in the field that can increase injury risks.
- Use well sized synthetic balls. Leather balls that are prone to water-logging are very dangerous to your body especially when heading.
- Mobile goals are not safe as they can fall on players. Fixed goals are the most recommended by FIFA.
- You need to prepare well in order to maintain body fitness. Evidence shows that those players who improper training are mostly in danger of getting injuries quickly.
- Avoid incurring overuse to injuries. Try to have enough rest as much as possible. Burning out due to long seasons can result in fatal injuries like the ones that Radamel Falcao sustained and was subsequently ruled out from 2014 FIFA World Cup.