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Injury Time Out With Capilano Rehab Centre: FIFA comes to Edmonton

| June 1, 2015 | Reply

Female soccer player with the ballIn a few days, Edmonton and Canada will welcome the world to the FIFA Women’s World Cup.  From June 6-July 5, 2015, Edmonton will host 11 matches at Commonwealth Stadium and we will all cheer on Canadian Captain Christine Sinclair and her teammates.  Go Canada Go!  Girls’ soccer will be front and center for the next month and like other elite level sports, there unfortunately will also be many sprains and strains.

Some of the most common girls’ soccer injuries that we see at Capilano are the following:

Ankle Sprains

These can happen anywhere and to any player: keeper, defender, or striker.  Your ankle gets rolled out, either by another player stepping onto your ankle or you roll the ankle you’ve planted when making a cross pass.

Knee Strains

No one knows for sure why, but women are more likely to strain their ACL’s. These usually occur when you are changing directions quickly, trying to make or avoid a tackle.  Often, but not always, you can hear a pop and then you have pain and swelling.  Medical collateral ligament strains also can happen, typically when you get a blow on the outside of your knee that stresses the inside of the knee.

Hamstring Pulls

Hamstring pulls often happen with quick bursts of speed, either attacking or defending the box, and can range from minor strains to a larger tear of the muscle at the back of the upper thigh.

What to Do For Prevention

From a preventative point of view, you want to consider the following:

  • Warm up properly prior to play.
  • Check the field for slippery spots ahead of time
  • Ensure that you have a good off field training plyometric training program (especially for your knees)

What to Do If I Am Injured?

If rest, ice, compression and elevation are not helping, or if your injury is serious, call Capilano at 780-466-1104 and let our experienced physiotherapists assess you and recommend a personalized treatment plan.  We have helped professional, elite amateur and everyday rec soccer players wake up to pain-free living and to Go For the Gold! 


Category: Active Living, Community, Sports Rehab

About the Author ()

I am Capilano Rehab Centre’s Community Care Coordinator. I have been with Capilano Rehab for 9 years primarily as a Physio Assistant, but also as a Receptionist. I have a Physical Education Degree from the University of Alberta, which I will eventually use when my two young children are grown up. In the mean time I am enjoying helping people in the Community through my role as Community Care Coordinator and bringing awareness to how a Physiotherapist can help you get back to the activities you love the most!

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