Journal articles may help soccer players avoid injury, bunions
A special supplement to the journal Cartilage will feature articles on how to keep soccer players performing their best.
Soccer players put a lot of stress on their bodies due to long games spent running, kicking and suddenly changing direction. As a result, these athletes are prone to a number of conditions, from sprains to bunions.
The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) put together a supplement to the journal Cartilage that features 11 articles on warm-up exercises and other injury prevention methods for soccer players.
"This issue provides a compact reference for players, coaches, medical staff and researchers working with football players," wrote the supplement's editors. "Furthermore, it intends to act as a catalyst for the advancement of science and education of cartilage injury in soccer."One device that should be essential for soccer players predisposed to foot conditions is the bunion splint. This piece of equipment can help strengthen and straighten the metatarsophalangeal joint, a key element in preventing bunions and other injuries stemming from hindered landing mechanics.