I vaguely remember a brief stint trying to play soccer. I wound up with many bruises — some to my shins, many to my ego. The sport was not for me.

Which is why I’m thankful for our knowledgeable members. We had two contributors that sent a great deal of useful information for soccer players and parents. Here are a few things they advise knowing when you’re involved with the sport.

Playing soccer safely

with advice from Jocelyn Arroyo-Espinet, CPT
and Jim Liston, MA, CSCS

With the Champions League final coming up in Berlin between Juventus and Barcelona, and soccer summer leagues starting soon, it’s a good time to think about playing soccer. And given the high rate of some injuries while playing soccer, it’s even more important to consider how to play the sport more safely.

As any athlete (or sports parent) knows, playing sports brings the risk of cuts, bruises and contact injuries (from running into an opponent or teammate). While many soccer injuries occur in the lower extremities (the hips, legs and ankles), some players may experience neck sprains or shoulder injuries after a collision with a fellow player or a fall to the ground.

Read the full entry at physiquality.com!