Soccer Injuries

Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Soccer young player’s injuries differ from those in adults players. Adolescents and indoor players have marked increased risk. Is a predominant contact sport and therefore macrotrauma lesions are more frequent than overuse injuries, the latter being related to intense training programs. Macrotrauma lesions are fractures, sprains, contusions and joint rotation injuries. The lower limb is most frequently involved and only goalkeepers have tendency for developing upper limb injuries. The high frequency of avulsion fractures is due to the growing skeleton peculiarities where the epiphyseal plate is weaker than ligament and tendons. Muscles lesions might be strains (hamstrings, quadriceps, adductor or gastrocnemius) or direct contusions. Anterior cruciate ligament rupture or avulsion is the most common serious injury, more common in females.


Anterior Cruciate Ligament Knee Extensor Medial Collateral Ligament Soccer Player Avulsion Fracture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Radiology DepartmentHospital de la RiberaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Clínica CemtroMadridSpain
  3. 3.Radiology DepartmentHospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla-IFIMAVSantanderSpain

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