ACL Injury Prevention
The ACL injury rate in females is at least twice that of male soccer players. Pre-season training programs and in-season warm up programs focusing on proprioception and neuromuscular conditioning has shown promising decreases in ACL injury rates for both male and female soccer players. Information regarding these programs is readily available online.
Recovery from Ankle Sprains
Initial care after sprains should consist of rest, ice, compression and elevation( R.I.C.E). Non –steroidal anti-inflammatories ( NSAIDS) may also be beneficial. A functional rehabilitation program incorporating early range of motion exercises has been shown to enhance recovery. Proprioception or balance training is instrumental in recovery as well as prevention of future sprains.
Head Injury Guidelines
When a player or players collide heads whether with each other or with an object, such as a goal post, play should be stopped immediately. The safety of the player or players involved is of prime concern. There is no higher priority.
Perform a primary survey that the player’s airway, cervical spine, breathing and circulation are secure.
Protocol of Immediate Assessment
Perform secondary assessment looking specifically at:
Gain as much information as possible regarding incident, specifically determine:
Head Injury Protocol
All head injuries should be treated as a potential concussion and assessment should take place as soon as possible. Players should be taken off the practice or game field and should not return until assessed by a medical professional.
For further information on Concussions and Concussion Policy, please refer to the following:
Ontario Soccer has also posted some additional information on Concussions at the following links: