Injury prevention is central to safe play. U.S. Soccer’s Recognize to Recover program provides resources and guidance to help players fight off injury so they can stay on the field. Not all injuries can be avoided, but the severity and probability of injury can be reduced through proper conditioning, training routines and good sportsmanship, making the game of soccer safer for all who participate.
Soccer injuries typically fall into two categories:
- Those caused by use, such as muscle strains and joint pain
- Those resulting from a sudden forceful event, such as ankle sprains and knee injuries.