Make Your World Cup Injury-Free

Friday, June 18, 2010 General News J E 4
Preventing soccer injury in any venue--whether in fan-filled stadiums or your backyard

ROSEMONT, Ill., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The 2010 FIFA World Cup(TM) brings the biggest fans and the best soccer players together for an incredible month-long competition. And while these top athletes are competing in South Africa, people around the globe are playing soccer in leagues, schools, or just for fun. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recommends that when playing soccer, athletes should keep their safety in mind, no matter the competition level. Soccer is a physically demanding sport that requires a great deal of strength and stamina to be successful, but that doesn't always leave players free and clear of an injury.

Some of the top players destined for the 2010 FIFA World Cup(TM) have suffered orthopaedic injuries prior to the tournament and are either working to compete or will be sitting on the sidelines during their recoveries:

"It just goes to show that even the fittest athletes are at risk for injury, so it's important to always play with proper technique, stretch adequately and be aware of field conditions," said orthopaedic surgeon and US Soccer Team Physician, Daniel G. Kalbac, MD. "Soccer has captured the world's attention for quite some time and has become increasingly popular in the United States, and with the World Cup at our feet, it's a good time to reiterate the importance of conditioning, and training for soccer athletes of all ages."

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 570,000 athletes were injured playing soccer in 2009. The Academy and the STOP Sports Injuries Campaign offer the following tips to keep soccer players healthy this season:

More tips on Soccer Injury Prevention

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-- Germany's veteran midfielder, Michael Ballack suffered ligament damage to his right ankle and is unable to compete for the cup. -- Ivory Coast captain, Didier Drogba fractured his arm in an exhibition match and earned minimal minutes in their first game against Portugal. -- Two Spanish stars were injured -- midfielder, Cesc Fabregas is recovering from a broken leg and star forward, Fernando Torres had knee surgery in April. Torres played for part of their first match against Switzerland. -- Portugal midfielder, Nani, cannot participate due to a bruised collarbone.

SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons


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