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Bodycentral is excited to announce a partnership with FC Tucson for the treatment of their soccer athletes. FC Tucson is bringing elite level soccer to Tucson, and those athletes require elite level care.
Bodycentral will be providing on-field coverage at games as well as clinical treatment on-site at the FC Tucson training room. Athletes will also have the opportunity for recovery and treatment sessions at the Bodycentral Ultimate Sports Asylum location.
"We recruit our Physical Therapists from all over the United States. The better our staff, the better we can support the Tucson community." Jennifer Allen, co-founder and COO reported. "We have an opportunity to support the growing soccer movement, and where better to partner than with FC Tucson"
Bodycentral will also be providing soccer-related education information for the FC Tucson website. The weekly blog will include topics on sports injury prevention, injury treatment, and sports performance enhancement topics.
For more information about FC Tucson and soccer, visit FCTucson.com
COMMON SOCCER INJURIES AND PREVENTION STRATEGIES
Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, and is becoming more and more popular in the United States. With close to 27 million players in the United States and Canada alone, understanding injuries in this sport is vital. FIFA (Federation Internationale Football Association) began tracking injuries to soccer players in 1998. Since then several other organizations have followed suit and have begun taking a look at how many and what types of injuries are most prevalent in the sport.
A study by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) suggests that in professional soccer, a 25-player team can expect close to two injuries per player during any one season. Researchers state 70% of those injuries are lower extremity in nature, 15% are head and neck injuries, 8% are in the trunk/spine, and 7% are in the arms/upper extremity. Out of these injuries, they state 80% are player to player contact in nature and the other 20% are non-contact injuries.
Common injuries seen in the lower extremities include: MCL
(Medial Collateral Ligament) Knee injuries, Achilles tendon and Ankle Injuries.
ACL injuries are also a concern and are a serious injury, but are not seen as
frequently as the other injuries listed. Common injuries to the head and neck
include concussions (1/3 of all head injuries), and sprains, strains of the
spine. Groin injuries are one of the most common muscle injuries in the sport. Injuries
in this area can be adductor muscle strains, pelvic instability, or sports
hernias. This can be a challenging injury to deal with as a player as many of
these injuries turn into chronic issues.
Sports Physical Therapy & Injury Prevention
Rehabilitation of injuries should focus on a global approach to treatment. If the injury is to the knee, Therapists need to focus on not only the function specifically of the knee, but also on the flexibility, strength, and neuromuscular control of the entire lower extremity. They must also make sure there is stability in what we traditionally refer to as the "core", which includes the abdominals, spine, and pelvis. Treatment should include Biomechanical Analysis of the lower body, and can include video analysis of movement, which helps identify break down in mechanics which can result in re-injury.
Concussion return to play is a staged program aimed at returning the player safely to play as they progress through a series of stages. These include full rest, working on aerobic capacity, strength, and progression to sport specific play, returning to non contact activity, and then resuming full sport activity. Based on current recommendations, this process should be a minimum of seven days. At any of the stages, if symptoms return, the player does not progress to the next level.
Injury Prevention techniques involve many approaches:
- FIFA has instituted the FIFA 11+ Injury Prevention Program that includes a warm-up, preventative exercises, balance and agility exercises
- Dynamic Warm Ups- These are active warm ups aimed at getting the body ready for activity. We no longer advocate jogging, then doing passive stretching before an event. Dynamic warm ups improve performance as well as decrease injury rates
- Biomechanical Analysis and Player Specific interventions- each individual player is different, and each player has weaknesses, tightness and biomechanical problems that may dispose him or her to injury. Using video analysis and functional screening tools, Therapists can identify areas of potential injury and intervene with a custom program for the individual player.
- The medical profession has begun to gather helpful information in the area of concussion and is identifying risk factors for concussion. At this time, we are developing concussion prevention activities based on the most current research, which includes core strengthening, postural control retraining, and specific cervical spine strengthening.
Ekstrand J, Hagglund M, Walden M. Epidemiology of muscle injuries in professional football (soccer). Am Journal Sport Med. 2011;39:1226-32.
Jones N. Update: Soccer injury and prevention, concussion, and chronic groin pain. Current Sports Medicine Reports. 2014: 319-325.
Dr. Jennifer Allen is a Physical Therapist, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in the Areas of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, as well as a Certified Hand Therapist. Sports Programming at Bodycentral Physical Therapy includes Biomechanics assessment, video movement assessment, Injury Prevention, and individual and team performance enhancement. For more information visit www.BodycentralPT.netor call 520-325-4002.
With all the recent news coverage and sports medicine updates on Concussion management, it is becoming clearer to all of us that concussions are a serious concern to our athletes.
What is a concussion?
It is a traumatic brain injury that happens with a rapid motion of the head, or a direct blow to the skull. Some athlete's have described this as getting their bell "rung" or other similar descriptions. Athletes of all ages are at risk for concussions, and different sports have varying degrees of risk. Most people think of the NFL and football when we talk about concussions, but it doesn't stop there.
Why are female athletes more at risk?
There are some theories to explain why concussion rates for female athletes are higher than their male counterparts, but at the time of this writing there hasn't been any hard evidence to prove any of these.
Some possible reasons: 1) Female athletes may be better at reporting their symptoms and seeking help 2) Females have a smaller mass of the head and neck, making it more difficult to absorb the injury 3) Females may have less developed neck muscles, which may lead to less control of the head during impact
Preventing and Treating Concussions
Prevention is KEY. Talking to coaches, athletic trainers, parents, athletes, Physical Therapists and others about the importance of concussions and ways to prevent them. Some of these prevention strategies include wearing the right protective gear, playing by the league rules, and making sure athletes are conditioned properly for their chosen sport.
Recovering correctly from a concussion is serious business. Recovery generally includes a period of "shutting down"- both physically and mentally. Athletes must rest from academics and from athletics-- and that means no video games or cell phones too! The brain needs a period of rest. Following this, the athlete will slowly resume activities under proper guidance of a physician, athletic trainer and physical therapist team. The athlete should only return to activity when formally cleared by the team.
Avoiding re-injury is important too. Studies show that players who have one concussion have a greater chance of having another one. With repeated concussions athletes may experience memory loss and difficulty thinking and concentrating.
What's the Risk?
Soccer- research shows female soccer is second only to male football players for the number of concussions each year. Concussions can be caused by falls, player to player impact, and from heading the ball repeatedly.
Cheerleading- high level techniques like throwing cheerleaders high in the air have led to an increase in concussions in cheerleading
Basketball- player to player contact and hitting the head on the floor may cause concussion
Skiiing/Snowboarding- high speed falls and collisions are potential for concussions
Softball- player to player collisions, sliding, and being hit by a ball are potential for concussions
Volleyball- player to player impact, and being hit by the ball or hitting the head on the court are potential problems
Prevention Strategies at Bodycentral Physical Therapy and the Ultimate Sports Asylum
Because of the prevalence of the concussion problem in female athletes, we are teaming with experts in the field to develop concussion prevention strategies and programs for athletes of all ages. For more information on these programs, please contact Dr. Jennifer Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org