As this year’s soccer season comes to an end at many schools across the nation, one thing is certain; everyone is already looking towards next season. While athletes are eager to make the most of their off-season by enhancing sports performance, athletic trainers and clinicians must also start to generate a plan to keep athletes safe. Often overlooked in training programs, injury prevention protocols are constantly being developed to help athletes and elderly alike. Building an injury prevention program specifically for soccer players can help offset any injuries that the next season could potentially bring.
According to the USCF Medical Center, “ankle injuries in soccer account for 20 to 30 percent of all soccer injuries—the most common being ankle sprains.” With a sport played almost entirely the feet, this statistic is to be expected. The USCF Medical Center also adds, “…soccer injuries often result from trauma such as a direct blow to the lower leg. Because soccer is a contact sport, collision injuries from striking another player are common, accounting for 30 percent of all soccer injuries.”
While collision injuries may be incidental and hard to avoid, athletic trainers and coaches should still utilize injury prevention protocol. Here are some suggestions and tools to help you build a program today!
Build an ankle injury prevention program for off-season soccer players
Strengthen the ankle
Building ankle strength is critical in helping prevent ankle sprains and breaks. Pick from over 70 ankle exercises in our database.
Incorporate balance training
Exercise programs including unstable surfaces such as balance boards and foam pads reduce the risk of ankle injury by 40% in soccer players. Luckily, we have over 130 balance-focused exercises to guide you in creating an injury prevention program.
Utilize free tools to build and send your programs
The TheraBand Academy gives you the ability to construct unique exercise programs. Learn the 10 easy steps to make this happen.