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What Soccer Players Can Teach You About Injury

Date:31-08-2013 15:50:05 read:1
Category:Sports-->Fitness

Is your next injury a break away?

Be careful about your breaks: Risk of injury skyrockets in soccer players five minutes after a game interruption, reports a study by researchers in Finland.

When researchers reviewed the injuries in men’s FIFA World Cup games, they discovered nearly half occurred within the short period following a stop in play. (Think: yellow card, red card, injury to another player, or goal.) Game pauses can impact players’ concentration and evoke frustration that may lead to altered behavior and consequently a higher risk of injuries, says study author Jaakko Ryynänen, M.D.

One solution: During game interruptions, stay engaged and moving. For example, you can bounce up and down like a fighter or even just walk or lightly jog. This will better keep your body and mind focused on the game—which may help you sidestep an injury.

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