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Common Injuries in Soccer for Male Players

The game of football is a contact sport so this is why injuries are quite unavoidable. Sports injuries can have a devastating effect on a player’s career. Unfortunately, during the matches these injuries take place. Broadly speaking, injuries can be divided into two categories – acute and cumulative.

An acute injury is usually an injury that is severe and starts suddenly whereas cumulative ones are the result of repetitive stress on a particular set of muscles, joints, or tendons. The latter develops over time while severe trauma is caused by falling, twisting, or colliding with another player.

6 Major Injuries for Male Soccer Players

Due to the nature of the game, most accidents occur in the lower parts. There are definite trends for the types of injuries that male athletes are most likely to encounter. Studies have shown that the following types of trauma were one of the most common types of accidents for footballers.

These are injuries to the quadriceps and hamstring muscles, heel, foot, ankle, and knee.

In this article, we have listed the top 6 injuries for male soccer players.

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Knee Injuries

This includes tears in the joints that support the knee joint. This causes tension on the ACL or the anterior cruciate ligament or meniscus.

Cause: There is a lot of kicking and running during the game of football. All of a sudden players change direction and stop. When the rotational stress on the ligament exceeds its capacity (flexibility), it becomes torn or stretched.

Ankle Sprain

Cause: It Occurs when the foot naturally gets twisted beyond its normal range of motion. This stretches the ligaments around the ankle area beyond limits and leads to ankle sprains.

Treatment: The most common line of treatment is the Rice (Relax, Ice, Compression, Elevate) protocol.

However, care must be taken to correct it well before starting the exercise again, preventing repeated ankle sprains. You should consult a sports injury specialist to examine the severity and extent of the damage.


The collision of players is very common in football, thus concussion is a very common injury to take place during a match. However, these accidents rarely happen during practice.

Sports Hernia

Sports hernia which is also known as groin pull is a muscle-nerve injury in the pelvic/hip area. As the physiology of this part is very complex, doctors usually associate all injuries of this part of the body as sports hernia or ‘Athletic Pubalgia’.


The muscles of the lower abdomen and inner thighs are stretched beyond their ability to pull. Usually, it occurs while running, squatting, jumping, or suddenly changing direction. According to Dr. Tanveer Bhutani, “ The players who do not warm up before a game or cool down after playing a game, become sufferers of this problem. Soccer requires high energy and movement so warm-up and cool-down are very important in this.

Plantar Fasciitis

It is known as the inflammation of a thick connecting tissue (ligaments) that connects the heel bone to the toes.

Cause: It causes pain in the heel and lowers part of the foot which is most severe when you get up and keep your feet on the ground.

Treatment: This is usually a cumulative injury. The line of treatment includes ice packs, orthotics, and massage.

Hamstring Tendinopathy

The hamstrings are a group of muscles and tendons in the back of the thigh. They assist in lifting or rotating the legs and flexing the knees. Hamstring injuries include strains or tears.

Cause: A hamstring pull occurs when a player elongates these sets of muscles and tissues in the hamstrings. Tears or ruptures are very painful and critical. This should be given immediate attention.

At Eva Hospital, Ludhiana, we believe that most injuries in the game of football can be prevented by following the rules of the game diligently. In most cases, the players get hurt by coming into contact with the player. There are restrictions on aggression, tackling, and charging, which must be strictly enforced. This way we can reduce sporting accidents and trauma to a player and ultimately to the team.

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About The Author

Tanveer Bhutani
Eva Hospital encompasses various modern orthopedic practices pioneered by the prominent orthopedic surgeon in Ludhiana “Dr. Tanveer Singh Bhutani”.


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