Sports Medicine Resources for Soccer

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As a soccer player, you know the stress that the sport of soccer can place on your body. Below are some tips and information to help you manage your body in order to prevent injuries and enjoy the sport you love.

How do students improve performance and reduce risk of injury?

  • Soccer is a game that many athletes play all summer. They often then transition rather easily to their fall school seasons.
  • These athletes should add light strength training over the summer as well.
  • Hydration!! Cross train
  • If starting soccer in fall – make sure they gradually increase their running 4-6 weeks prior to start of practices in running shoes.
  • At least 2-3 weeks prior to practice they should start some short sprint and agility drills in their soccer cleats on the field.
  • Start ball handling and shooting drills during this time and try to set up some 2v2 short field work with friends as able.


Ohio High School Athletic Association Information

New Recommendations On Heading From U.S. Soccer

Included in the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative are specific changes to rules on substitutions and heading for certain age groups. Those changes included:

  • Modify substitution rules to allow players who may have suffered a concussion during games to be evaluated without penalty
  • Eliminating heading for children 10 and under
    • Please note that U11 is listed in the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative document because U11 players can be 10 years old at the beginning of the season
  • Limiting the amount of heading in practice for children between the ages of 11 and 13
    • Please note that U12 and U13 are listed in the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative document to account for players who are 11, 12 and 13 years of age participating on those teams
  • U.S. Soccer Recognize to Recover Player Health and Safety Program
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