Aug 1, 2016
The excitement of Rio2016 is in the air and all eyes, including those of SOS physicians and staff, are on the American Olympic teams. As the U.S. Olympics Women’s Soccer team goes for another gold medal to follow up on their outstanding performance in 2012, amateur players everywhere are sure to want to get out to a field and kick the ball around. Soccer is an active, fun sport that is gaining popularity among girls and boys in America. The SOS physicians and staff caution that injuries can occur if you don’t play it safe. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 626,000 athletes were injured playing soccer in 2012. Common injuries include sprains and strains around the knee and ankle. Achilles tendinitis and shin splints can occur as overuse injuries, and there is always a risk for injury if players collide.
Members of the SOS Sports Medicine team have these tips to help keep injury free on the soccer field:
Prepare to Play
Use Appropriate Equipment
Play in a Safe Environment
Be certain to follow the recommended precautions, but should an injury occur, SOS PLUS After Hours Care is available. A walk-in orthopedic medical clinic that treats patients of all ages with acute orthopedic conditions requiring immediate attention, SOS Plus has two locations to best serve patients, at 5719 Widewaters Parkway in Dewitt and 5000 West Seneca Turnpike in Onondaga Hill. Hours for both locations are weekdays 5 pm – 8:30 pm, and weekends 10 am – 2 pm.
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