Sprains and strains of the joints are probably the single most common form of injury suffered by soccer players, again particularly of the ankles and knees. These can occur when the joint is wrenched too abruptly in an unfamiliar direction, particularly when the player takes a fall on the field while moving at a high velocity.
Treating a sprain is a simple matter; there isn’t much that you can do for it other than attempt to keep ice on it to minimize the inflammation, avoid putting pressure on the joint as much as possible and keeping the joint wrapped to provide extra support on those occasions during which you must be up and about on it.
Playing with a sprain in one of the joints in your leg or foot is an extremely foolish course of action; however, if you are absolutely determined to play or your injury is all but healed and you feel that you are capable of going out on the field there are a number of knee and ankle braces that can be purchased over the counter that will provide suitable support while you are on the field.
Cuts and Bruises
Any game in which you have an entire field full of people kicking at each other while wearing shoes with spikes on the bottom is bound to result in a fair share of scrapes and bruises.
If a bruise seems to be accompanied with an inordinate amount of swelling or seems to be spreading under the skin rather than staying in a centralized location, or a cut seems to be deep enough to require stitches or bleeding profusely you should see a doctor; you may have suffered a more serious injury than you previously believed. Otherwise, putting ice on a bruise and keeping your scrapes clean and clear of infection is the best treatment you can provide.
It is especially important for you to ensure that any cut received while on the field is properly cleaned and treated with an antibiotic ointment; there is an incredible amount of bacteria naturally residing in dirt, and although it usually does not present a problem it will have a field day reproducing in an open cut. This will result in the wound being extraordinarily painful, taking an inordinate amount of time to heal and opens up the possibility of the infection spreading out from the injury to other parts of your body, presenting you with a systemic infection that is going to be even more difficult to get rid of. Trust us when we tell you it is much easier to take a couple of minutes to clean the cut out with some soap and water or saline and apply a quick dose of Neosporin.
Unless a cut or a bruise is severe enough to seriously hamper your mobility you can probably continue playing.
-By: Jenny Styles