With springtime upon us, more athletes are getting back in the game. This includes soccer, one of the more endurance sports out on the field. Minor injuries in soccer could lead to worse injuries down the road if not treated and rehabilitated correctly. Proper physical therapy plays a major role in this.
Plenty of running, twisting, kicking, and jumping leads to injuries of the hamstrings, calves, knees, ankles and feet. Seth Eisenberg, who is a board-certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, states “The No. 1 risk factor for injury is actually a previous injury,” If a player has an injury in one leg and then in the future has an injury in the other leg, they didn’t get the rehabilitation they needed before playing again.
Physical therapy is what is needed in these cases so that soccer players can get back in the game and play at a full 100%. In physical therapy, it is particularly important to check the range and motion and flexibility first, then any muscular imbalances. Eisenberg also says. “You need to have a strong and steady foundation before you build-up, which in physical therapy is our functional and return-to-sport activities.”