Illness and Injuries

Soccer is a contact sport that is played at varying speeds on uneven terrain. The game is played outdoors year-round, with 22 players restricted to a small playing field, often surrounded by spectators. Consequently, players collide with other players, the ground, the ball and more. Different states have high or low humidity, hot or cold temperatures, sunlight and other environmental factors.

Coaches must be able to recognize common injuries and illnesses. You don’t have to be able to cure players of everything: in fact, half of the knowledge provided here is to help you recognize when you are not qualified to treat it something.

Minor Injuries – include small cuts, contusions, abrasions, blisters, strains, sprains, and insect bites/stings.

Major Injuries – include bone fractures and dislocation, muscle / ligament tears, concussion, most head injuries, and vision problems.

Internal Illnesses – include dehydration, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, hypothermia, larger cuts, panic attacks/hyperventilation, asthma/breathing-related issues.

ACL Tear – Our special discussion on an increasingly common serious injury that is most prevalent in teenage girls.

Concussion Law – Some states require all youth coaches to take an annual concussion training course and to remove players from games after head injuries. First Aid Kits – What you should and shouldn’t have in your coach bag to deal with injuries and illnesses during practices and games.
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