The combination of running and kicking in a fast-paced environment places soccer players at risk for several injuries. These injuries can occur either due to overuse (cumulative) or due to sudden impact (acute). Our orthopedic surgeons and specialists, athletic trainers, and physical and occupational therapists at Houston Methodist offer world-class diagnoses and treatments to help everyone from student athletes to weekend warriors and elite professionals overcome their injury and get back to playing soccer. 

Common Soccer Injuries
Below are some of the areas of the body and the specific injuries soccer players may encounter:
  • Hip , knee and leg:
    • Torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligament (ACL/PCL)
    • Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome (inflammation of the tendon that runs along the outside of the upper thigh)
    • Torn meniscus
    • Patellofemoral syndrome (a thinning and softening of the shock-absorbing cartilage under the kneecap)
    • Shin splints (inflammation of the layer of tissue over the shin bone)
  • Foot or ankle:
    • Achilles tendonitis
    • Ankle sprains
    • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain due to inflammation of the thick ligament of the base of the foot)

Soccer Safety and Injury Prevention Tips
Athletes are prone to injury, whether a casual player or elite professional. Here are some valuable tips to keep you safe and healthy. 

  • 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.

Trust our team of sports injury specialists at Houston Methodist to remove you from the injured list and provide you with the knowledge to help prevent future injuries.