Friday, October 21, 2016

Don't Break a Leg! The Most Common Injuries In Soccer And How To Prevent Them

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To tell a soccer player to break a leg before a game might not be the best way to send him off because soccer players can literally break a leg during an intense match. The lower extremities are most prone to injury and the common ones are ankle sprains, ruptured ligaments, pulled hamstrings, groin strains, and metatarsal or shin fractures. There is nothing more upsetting for an athlete than sitting out an entire season because of an injury.

Conditioning the body not only improves an athlete's performance, it also reduces the risk of injury. Proprioceptive training is one way to reduce one's proclivity to injury as the exercise improves one's sense of mobility, alignment, and balance. An example of this type of exercise is to stand on a wobble board or Togu trainer and hold and maintain your balance for a few seconds.

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Strengthening the hamstrings with exercises such as the Nordic Ham Curl or Gym Ball Hamstring Curl can help in preventing pulled hamstrings. Likewise, enhancing gluteal (buttocks) and core strength might help give the person more control over knee movement which in turn can prevent the dreaded rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Single-leg deadlifts, lunges, and squats are popular exercises for the glutes while planking (prone and side) is a great way for developing the abs for better balance.

I am Naman Wakil, a sports science student, and I love soccer. Follow me on Twitter for more updates on sports training and soccer.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

In a League Of Their Own: Inspiring Success Stories In Soccer

Legendary soccer players are always inspirational to amateurs and other professional athletes in bringing out the best in their game, and possibly become superstars, too. But certain football players, some of whom are not the biggest names in the industry, are heroes to their own following because of the tales behind their success— which usually includes the struggle that came before the triumph. Here are some of the most inspirational success stories in soccer:

Victor Moses. Nothing less than admiration can be given to someone who came out of tragedy to become an established player in the Premier League. Moses' missionary parents were murdered during the Kaduna riots in 2002, and he traveled to England to seek asylum.

Charlie Austin, Sergio Torres, Miroslav Klose. These three have one common denominator: they all started as brick-layers and brick-makers to earn a living before being discovered by different soccer leagues.

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Lionel Messi. Messi had been afflicted with a growth hormone deficiency in his youth. His family could not afford the expensive cost of treatment and it almost jeopardized his chances of joining any club, until Barcelona funded it because of his prodigious soccer skills.

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