Musculoskeletal issues are the enemy of any soccer player, which is why it is so important to keep their strength up during off-season. On average, a soccer player can sustain between 12 and 35 injuries for every 1000 hours of play, with the risk rising in those playing professionally.
As one in three adults suffer from bone and joint pain, it pays to give them some attention. To avoid issues later in life you should consider:
- Stretching before any exercise
- Changing your footwear
- Changing from standing to sitting regularly
Although stretching is commonly carried out before you train, you should stretch regularly, even when not exercising. Even changing your position while standing can help prevent bone and joint problems later in life. Have a look at some of the ways you can maintain bone and joint health as a soccer player throughout your life.