Break Out the Cleats: World Cup Inspired Soccer Safety
What comes to mind when you think about football? If you imagined a brown ball, touchdown cheers, and burly men in helmets, you’re probably an American. If you were from outside of the United States, you would probably have a different image of football, one that involves goals and black-and-white balls. This is because outside of the United States, football means soccer!
The History of Soccer
The game that became modern soccer originated thousands of years ago, probably in ancient China. The game, which involved kicking or carrying a ball to a net, picked up popularity in medieival England. It was considered such a brutal sport—legends say that players used the heads of their enemies as a ball!—that it was actually temporarily banned in England in 1365.
By the 1800s, a thankfully more civilized version of the sport became popular at English colleges. It was broken into two main categories: rugby, where players could use their hands, and association football, where players could not use their their hands. Association football was colloquially shortened to soccer, a term that caught on in the United States. That’s why Americans call it soccer, while people in most other countries call it association football.
It’s World Cup Season!
No matter what they call it, hundreds of professional soccer players are in Russia this summer for the soccer event of the year: the World Cup! Hosted every four years by the International Federation de Football (FIFA), the World Cup gives teams from all across the world the chance to show off their skills. While the United States failed to qualify for the World Cup this year, American fans can look forward to 2026, when various cities across the United States, Mexico, and Canada will host World Cup games.
With the World Cup in full swing, it’s the perfect chance to sign up for soccer lessons or break out your cleats. But before you head to the field, consider some of the risks of soccer.
Types of Soccer Injuries
While it might seem more civilized like rugby or American football, soccer is not without injury risks. Some common injuries associated with soccer include:
- Sprains and strains
- Knee injuries, including ACL tears
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
- Facial trauma
Many injuries, like ACL tears, result from overexertion or repetitive motions. These kinds of injuries can often be prevented by proper stretching before a game. Players can also avoid exacerbating an injury by knowing their pain limitations and stopping a game if they are injured. Injuries can also result from improper conduct on the field, like intentionally hitting or tripping other players. They can also result from contact with the ball, other players, or other objects on the field, like the goal post.
While some injuries, like sprains, heal with rest, other soccer-related injuries can have serious consequences. A concussion sustained during a fall on the field, for example, could lead to lasting brain damage or even CTE, a degenerative disorder associated with repetitive head trauma, or a neck injury could lead to paralysis.
Even though soccer might seem like a safe sport, injuries still occur at any level, from kid’s afterschool games to professional players in the World Cup. If you’re feeling inspired to play soccer after watching the World Cup, put safety first!
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