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Soccer is a Contact Sport

February 25th, 2008

Some parents may have noticed an increase in minor injuries to players since they joined the Thunder. As seen in this picture of a large thigh bruise suffered by one of our players, soccer is a contact sport and as the competition increases and players get older, the chance of injury increases.  We can work together to help minimize the risk.

It is important that coaches know about any injuries, muscle strains or other conditions before your daughter takes the field at practice or games.  This will help us to better understand a player’s report of pain or discomfort while playing a game or practicing and it may help us to avoid having players participate in drills that may aggravate the condition.

We practice contact drills to be prepared for aggressive play.  Being prepared to take a shoulder charge and knowing how to use body position to gain an advantage helps to avoid injuries.  Shoulder to shoulder contact is legal when playing the ball. Also, a player in control of the ball will almost always win the call if the referee blows the whistle for some kind of contact infraction. That is why we are trying to teach the girls how to quickly bring the ball under control and to shield it from oncoming players.

Our team parents have been great about understanding the physical nature of our games and we appreciate your cool demeanor even while your daughter may be mixing it up on the field or even when it appears she has been fouled.  Also don’t be surprised if your daughter gets called for fouls more often as that too results from increased competition and age and is a common part of the game.

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