Common Soccer Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Soccer is a contact sport and at Vancouver Chiropractic Services, we encounter cases of players both professionals and newbies suffering from its most common injuries. These players want to be back to health the soonest but sometimes, the nature of injuries prevent that from happening. There are times when an injury has a previous cause and this time it’s just compounded. Here are some of the most common injuries that are experienced by soccer players.

  1. Sprain—This is the most common injuries experienced by soccer players. The most affected areas are the knee, lower leg, and ankle. The cruciate ligament is the most common ligament of the knee that gets injured primarily due to lateral movements and pivoting.
  2. Strains—Another common injury is muscle strain. Due to extreme contraction, excessive pulling against a resistance when the muscle is not warmed up enough, muscular injuries can occur. The groin the quadriceps and the hamstring is the most common muscles that get injured among soccer players.
  3. Fractures—Soccer is an activity that involves mostly the lower extremities and this is where fractures are likely to occur. The foot, the ankle, the tibia and fibula are the likely places that fractures occur among soccer players. Wearing protective gear with strong foam padding are strongly advised in order to absorb energy and prevent injuries.
  4. Head injuries—When players collide, injuries occur and its mostly in the head. It can also occur with improper heading technique. When you head the ball in the wrong places, not only does the head gets injured, the neck may also get injured.

Injury Prevention Tips for Soccer Players

What chiropractic care can provide in this case are injury prevention tips so that this can be avoided from happening. One of the most common causes of injuries is bad balance. When the body is out of balance, it will fall down the potentials for injuries are enormous. Chiropractic care improves balance by making corrections on the posture. When the posture is right, balance is right and hence, injuries are avoided.

Neck injuries often occur when you hit the ball with your head. Neck strengthening exercises are necessary to provide enough preparation for heading. You also have to use your hand to provide assistance when you head hits the ball. It is even better if you can wear a mouth guard similar to what boxers use to protect your mouth and teeth.

If you want to prevent injuries, proper warm-up is in order. This is because when the body is prepared for the activities ahead, it will respond in ways that are appropriate. It seems that the body knows the demands that you are about to subject it to when it’s properly warmed up. When it’s languishing, you can expect injuries to occur because its responses are also not good. So in order to prevent injuries from occurring, you have to have proper balance, wear protective gear and warm up adequately.

The Favourite Pastime in Porto

Football: The Favourite Pastime in Porto

Football is the favourite pastime in Porto,  Portugal. Porto, Portugal’s second largest city, is home to the internationally acclaimed FC Porto football club. Football was introduced in the country by their students who had gone to England to study in the 19th century. In the first match between Portugal and England, the former carried the day. Since that time, the game grew in popularity leading to the formation of clubs all over the country. The most popular local league is the Primeira Liga.

Football Obsession

People in Porto are so fond of football that some locals even tattoo themselves. Club logos, famous football players and coaches are among the common tattoos. People dye their hair and throng cafes to watch football especially international matches.Whenever their home team wins important games in the English leagues, the whole town is often in a celebratory mood.  Here is a video of the party after the 2016 Euro Win.

Being a national sport, football is so serious that there are magazines that entirely discuss football. An example is Dragoes published by FC Porto. On TV, right after important national news, football news is aired. More time is allocated to these news whenever it involves a win by the home team. Thereafter, international news can be aired.

Locals Playing Football

Praia de Matosinhos is a popular beach game in Porto. Every available space of sand, grass or even pavements is turned into a field. Securing beach goal posts is a coveted affair and those who are lucky to get one play for hours on end. Those who are left out use wood to build makeshift goals. Young children often turn pockets of grass into private miniature fields. Family and friends enjoy all day sharing in the joy of football. Blue and white FC Porto uniforms can be spotted dotting the landscape.

Some of the popular celebrities include Mourinho and Ronaldo. Vitor Baia is a player that holds the record for the second-most all-time appearances for Porto. Joao Pinto holds the number one spot. He had an uninterrupted career for 16 years at the club. Among the locals, if you do not know of such people, you may as well be ignorant of everything Portuguese. Other than FC Porto, two other most important clubs in Portugal are S. L. Benfica and Sportin Clube de Portugal. However, most football fanatics are divided between Benfica and Sporting.

In Porto, it is the dream of every small boy to one day join the home team and be the ‘Ronaldo’s’ of football.