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Injury Risk Factors for Girls Soccer Players

Published on June 28, 2018

Injuries suck, right?

The last thing we want is for your daughter to be out with an injury.

Not only is getting injured physically painful, but more than anything, it is mentally painful.

Having to sit on the sidelines and watch your team have fun is difficult.

Doing physical therapy and getting back into playing shape is one of the hardest things about going through an injury.

So what can we do to prevent injuries?

…Well, we can’t prevent them, but there are things we can do to minimize the RISK of injury.

But first, we need to understand what the risks are and from there, what we can do to help your daughter stay healthy.

Below, I have outlines 4 common knee and ankle injury risk factors and the solutions to each:

  1. Quadriceps dominance: This happens when the quads are stronger than muscles in posterior of body such as the glutes and hamstrings.
    • Solution: Strengthen the hamstrings and glutes
  2. Leg dominance: One leg is stronger or more coordinated than the other leg. Common among soccer players
    • Solution: Single leg strength training and jumping/landing tasks
  3. Dynamic Balance: Lack of balance and stability when performing movements (kicking, landing)
    • Solution: Balance and coordination training
  4. Trunk dominance: Lack of core strength/ trunk instability and unequal strength among core muscles
    • Solution Anti-rotation, flexion, and extension core exercises (NOT cruches/ sit-ups).

If you need ideas of specific movements and exercises for your daughter to do to minimize the risk of injury, let me know. I’m here to help.

Every girl is unique when it comes to what puts her at the most risk for injury. Getting 1on1 attention and an individualized injury prevention plan is critical in helping to keep your daughter healthy and perform her best.

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