Prevention 29 July, 2016 Isabel Vallejo
As soccer is a high impact sport, it is more likely to cause serious injuries to the knee.
Among the different parts of the body that can be affected when playing soccer, the knees are undoubtedly those that suffer the most, being the area where about 20% of all injuries occur.
Juan Camilo Correa, a specialist in sports medicine, claims that soccer players are easily exposed to knee injuries due to poor posture, falls or blows received while on the field. These injuries mostly involve ligaments and menisci strain or ruptures.
Although it is difficult to prevent these types of injuries as they tend to occur naturally during the game, Dr. Correa’s recommendation is to strengthen your muscles as part of your physical training program, given that the stronger the player’s joints and knee stabilizer muscles are, the lower the risk of serious injury.
When a mild injury occurs in the knee, patients can be treated with physical therapy alone. However, more complicated injuries will require surgery.
Therefore, if you experience pain, swelling or instability, consult with a specialist immediately, as the sooner you get treatment, the better the prognosis for recovery.
More than half of all knee injuries affect the anterior cruciate ligament.