Common Injuries in Women’s Soccer

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Common Injuries in Women’s Soccer

Woman kicking soccer ball

Soccer is becoming a more popular sport for both men and women in the United States. And more young girls are picking up the sport, especially with the accomplishments of our National Women’s Team!

Unfortunately, women tend to acquire more knee injuries and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries due to their anatomy. The alignment of female hips and knees makes it more likely they will develop these injuries, especially when performing actions at a high velocity.

The femoral notch that houses the ACL is narrower in women than it is in men. Because of this, the knee or femur can twist around the tibia due to a hard hit or strain and cause an injury to the ACL or knee. Hormonal differences between men and women can also affect the likelihood and severity of injury to these parts of the body.

How Knee and ACL Injuries Typically Occur in Soccer

Soccer requires high-velocity moves, frequent pivots, and rotation of the lower extremities. Each of these movements can impact whether the ACL remains stable and functional throughout the game.

One common movement in soccer that can lead to these kinds of injuries is when a player uses a right to left motion to kick the ball from one side of the field to the other side. ­This requires rotating the left foot when it’s fixed to the ground around the left knee while kicking the ball across the body. This movement goes far beyond what the body typically performs each day, which is why the risk of knee or ACL injury is so high.

It’s also common for ACL or knee injuries to occur when one player makes contact with another player. For example, a side tackle can cause a force to the knee known as knock knee. Landing awkwardly and making frequent quick and repetitive motions are also common factors for causing this type of injury.

Work with a Sports Medicine Specialist

If you have sustained an injury in soccer, it’s important to visit a sports medicine specialist as soon as possible for diagnosis and rehabilitation. Dr. Dominguez at 3D Sports Medicine is currently accepting new patients and would be happy to aid in your recovery. Call our office today for an appointment! (321) 610-8939