Posts for tag: Tim Howard

There were many saves during the final match of the World Cup, but unfortunately the US were unable to save enough time to come out on top. United States goal keep, Tim Howard, set a new world record of 15 saves but it wasn’t enough to keep Belgium from advancing. Soccer is a unique sport compared to others. Why? Everything is done with their feet (and to some extent, their head)! Given, 95% of sports played today are played while on your feet, but what’s different with soccer is you cannot use your hands--other than the goalie, of course. That being said, soccer players rely solely (no pun intended) on their feet and legs--much like boxers rely on their hands and arms--so they need to make sure their lower extremities are protected. This is accomplished by the use of shin guards and proper taping techniques.

Ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries. In fact, according to USAsoccer.com and other related research it is “estimated that ankle injuries account for 10 to 30% of all sports related injuries in young athletes and from 16 to 29% of all soccer specific injuries.” That means, almost 1 out of every 3 young athletes coming to Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ with a sports-related ankle injury is from playing soccer. The bad news about ankle sprains is that they can occur very easily and it doesn’t take much. Therefore, it is very important that you warm up and stretch properly prior to engaging in any physical activity; especially soccer. It also wouldn’t hurt to have a certified athletic trainer or physician tape your ankle to add some extra support. There is, however, controversy regarding ankle taping and preventing ankle sprains, but that will be for another blog topic.

We just want to congratulate the United States of America on their amazing run this year in the 2014 World Cup. We look forward to them returning to Russia in 2018 with a chip on their shoulder and hopefully advancing farther and winning The Cup. Happy Independence Day!

By Nrupa Shah