Soccer places a high demand on the body with sudden changes in direction and speed. Soccer players must be strong, stable, and agile. With such demands, lower body injuries are common. Some injuries can end a soccer career and leave one with permanent deficits. The key to staying in the game and maximizing performance is prevention. Performance screens and prevention programs are a critical part of soccer if one is serious about continuing the sport. Preventing injuries will save you time and money. Injuries are costly, result in time off the field, prolonged rehab time, and can predispose one to degenerative conditions later in life such as osteoarthrosis and joint replacements.
- Pain increases with exercise
- Soreness lasting longer than 2-3 days after exercise
- Popping, clicking, clunking, locking, pinching, catching, dislocating
- Sharp pain
- Numbness or tingling
- Feeling unstable or “giving out”
- Poor balance
- Decreased strength, muscle length, or range of motion
- Swelling or stiffness
- Poor coordination
A single leg ¼ squat is a reliable test to screen for risk of lower body injuries.
To Perform the Test:
Stand in front of a mirror and observe the position of your pelvis, hip, knee, ankle, and foot while evenly weight bearing through both legs.
Stand on one leg, while monitoring for any deviations: foot arch collapse, knee rotation, pelvic rotation or drop, poor balance.
While standing on one leg perform a ¼ squat and notice if the deviations worsen or more appear.
An athlete should be able to stand on one leg and ¼ squat without the arch of the foot collapsing, femur (thigh) internally rotating (turning in), knee adducting (moving in towards midline), and opposite hip dropping.
At Apex Manual Therapy, a fellowship trained doctor of physical therapy will evaluate the athlete's body to accurately diagnosis the root cause of the problem.
Each athlete will be assessed on:
- Range of motion
- Muscle length and strength
- Hip/bony structure and anatomy
- Joint mobility
- Motor control
- Neural tension
- Soccer specific skills to maximize performance, recover from and/or prevent injury, to quickly return soccer players to the field.
With each visit, athletes will gain a substantial amount of knowledge on anatomy, physiology, and body mechanics for their individual body type. Our advanced therapist spends the entire visit with each patient, one-on-one. This results in faster recovery, fewer visits, and less money spent on co-pays and deductibles. A customized home exercise and neuromuscular re-education program will be given to each athlete based on the findings in the evaluation.
- Orthopedic physical therapy
- Manual Therapy
- Neuromuscular re-education
- Therapeutic activity and exercise
- Wellness and prevention programs
- Ankle sprain prevention program
- ACL prevention programs
- Running analysis
- Movement analysis
- Skill-specific performance training
- Back, shoulder, elbow, hand, neck, hip, knee, foot, ankle, toe pain
- Acl, pcl, mcl, lcl, meniscus tear recovery/rehab
- Ankle sprains
- Poor flexibility and range of motion
- Sever’s disease
- Osgood-schlatter disease
- Patellofemoral syndrome
- IT band syndrome
- Runner’s knee
- Plica syndrome
- Stress fracture
- Groin strain
- Hip labral tears
- Femoroacetabular impingement
- Piriformis syndrome
- Sciatic nerve