There are more than 477,000 soccer-related injuries each year. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons to prevent injuries:
- Start by warming up and stretching for at least 3-5 minutes, focusing on your hips, knees, thighs, and calves. Cold muscles are more prone to injury.Hold stretches for 30 seconds.
- Wear shin guards to protect your legs. Most players who sustain lower leg injuries were not wearing adequate shin guards.
- Wear shoes with molded cleats or ribbed soles. Only wear screw-in cleats if more traction is needed, such as on a wet field.
- Make sure there’s someone available who knows first-aid. Be prepared for emergency situations.
To read about one study that reduces soccer injuries by 77 percent, click here.