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Soccer Injuries: Common Knee Injuries

Common knee injuries may be relatively serious in soccer but they happen not as often as other types of injuries. There is a warning for soccer girls - knee injuries happen six times more for girls than for boys. And scientists are not sure what can cause that.

Usual knee injuries are sprains of the knee ligaments that need a lot of rest, or torn knee (that can be treated by a surgery).

If the player feels knee pain while running and jumping, it might be chondromalacia, a softening of the tissue around the knee.

The treatment:

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Knee injury exercises - lifting each leg up and down with the knee locked.

Also the knee pain can be caused by Osgood-Schlatter Disease(not actually a disease, just a name) at the age of intense growing. When a growing skeleton laying down new bones and they are usually softer than normal and from traction can get inflamed and painful.

Usually X-rays are not recommended at the age 12-14. So it's better to pay attention and notice when the pain occurs. If the child complains that the more he plays, the worst it gets, and there is a pain and swelling only on one side of the kicking leg, then taking a rest is recommended. After few weeks of rest the player can return to soccer.

Common prevention of soccer knee injuries can be done through training and strengthening upper-leg muscles.

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