Health Tip: Gear Up for Safe Soccer

(HealthDay News) -- Proper technique, protection and training are essential to preventing soccer injuries.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons offers these safety suggestions for soccer players:

  • Stay in good physical shape, even in the off-season, with regular exercise and strength training.

  • Always warm up and stretch before playing.

  • Always cool down and stretch after playing.

  • Be sure to drink enough water before and during play.

  • Always wear proper safety gear, including shin guards and shoes with ribbed soles or molded cleats.

  • When the field is wet, use soccer balls made of synthetic, nonabsorbent materials, instead of leather.

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