ACL injuries can occur from direct contact to the knee, but in soccer, and especially with adolescent female players, non-contact awkward single-leg cuts, turns or landings are often the culprit. Defensive tackling (often with a sidestep movement) to reach out to separate an opponent from the ball and cutting to track an opponent have been shown as other potential risk factors for ACL injury.
The injury rate in games is 9 times higher than the injury rate in training sessions, and occurs when a valgus stress is applied to the knee. Most MCL injuries (70%) are the result of a contact mechanism of injury including a collision, being tackled, and being blocked. The most common non-contact mechanism of injury is twisting or turning.
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When you experience an MCL injury, you may feel: 1. Pain on the inner side of the knee 2. Swelling and bruising at the inner side of the knee 3. Swelling that spreads to the rest of the knee joint in 1 or 2 days following injury 4. Stiffness in the knee 5. Difficulty or pain especially when trying ...
Knee Injuries in Elite Level Soccer Players. As one of the most popular sports in the world, soccer injury rates involving the knee continue to rise. An alarming trend of knee injuries, including increased anterior cruciate ligament ruptures, underscores the need to review our current understanding of these injuries in soccer players. This art …. As one of the most popular sports in the world, soccer injury rates involving the knee continue to rise.
Other injuries that can occur to the knee while playing soccer include injuries to the collateral ligaments. The most common collateral ligament injury is a tear of the MCL . In this circumstance, the athlete may collapse down towards the inside of their knee or sustain a contact injury to the outside of their knee and the MCL gives out.
Symptoms that point towards knee ligament injury are: Moderate to Severe Pain. Swelling. Instability of the Knee. Inability to put any weight on the injured leg. There may also be a popping or snapping sensation at the time of the injury.
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MCL tears are the most common ligament injury in the knee for soccer players. Most of the MCL injuries can heal with rehabilitation without surgery. The average time for recovery is 6 weeks. Lionel Pannunzio is a Physical Therapist Certified in Sports Injuries.