How Soccer Players can Stay on top of their Game
Soccer isn’t known for intense injuries. You’re not being tackled, like in football, or thrown from the back of an angry animal, like rodeo riders.
But with the intensity of the game, there’s still a lot that can happen to your body. Sometimes it results in an injury that won’t really take effect for years to come.
Here are a few of the ways you can stay in peak soccer playing shape, even if you have yet to be injured during the game.
“I Rolled my Ankle over 20 Years ago”
One of our patients came in with knee pain. Upon the initial examination, we discovered that his knee pain was the secondary problem.
The primary problem was that the arches in his right foot were nearly completely gone. The cause: a rolled ankle playing soccer over 20 years prior. When that ankle rolled everything streeetttchhed out. Then, without being set back in place, the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and all that healed in their stretched state. The result was a slightly off-kilter ankle, which caused the loss of arch in the right foot. With that ankle slightly turned in, the knee compensated for the misalignment, and decades later chronic knee pain was the issue.
Over the course of a few months, we kept re-aligning the foot and ankle. The arch returned, and the knee pain diminished.
Spinal Alignment for Nerve Flow
The nervous system delivers information throughout the body. If a bone, usually in the spine, is pinching the nerves information doesn’t flow freely.
It’s like a garden hose. Water flows freely… unless something has twisted, kinked, or otherwise pinched the hose.
Keeping the spine aligned, even if there are no major issues that you know of, keeps information flowing. Then, when something does go wrong (even as simple as a stubbed toe), the information can quickly get to the brain and the proper healing attributes sent to the problem spots.
Keeping Knees in the Right Position
Soccer puts a whole lot of stress on the knees. With all that running and kicking, you’re bound to twist, bump, knock, or otherwise move a knee or two out of place.
Every time your foot hits that ball, the potential to bump the knee out of alignment is there.
Here’s the kicker (pun intended, ba-dum tsh): when pain shows up, the problem has been around a long time. Pain is the last indicator to show up, and the first to go. So even if you feel great, there may be issues waiting to turn into pain.
Does everyone need their knees aligned? Probably not. But soccer players, with all the stress and twisting put on their knees, probably do.
Visit a Chiropractor in Billings for Soccer Injuries
Whether your soccer injuries have turned painful already, or if you just want to stay ahead of the curve and keep your joints aligned, Dr. Shayne Durbin helps soccer athletes as a Billings Chiropractor.