Soccer is the worldโ€™s most popular sport and demonstrates continued growth in the United States each year. Over 13 million Americans play soccer, and according to US Youth Soccer, there are over 3 million youth soccer players registered in the United States today. Although there are benefits to playing soccer such as improved cardiovascular health, strength, and self-esteem, there are also some inherent risks involved. One study found that there were over 2.4 million soccer-related injuries leading to an Emergency Room visit between the years 2000 and 2012. Another study showed that soccer is the high school sport with the highest risk of injury for female athletes (1-3). In this article, we will highlight the most common injuries seen in soccer and teach you research-based soccer prehab exercises to help prevent these injuries!

If you have played in various sports such as ice hockey or soccer before, you are probably familiar with tweaking your groin muscle (adductor). A groin strain is an injury to the muscle-tendon unit of the adductor tendon or its insertion into the pubic bone. The reason groin strains are so common during hockey and soccer is that it requires such a strong eccentric contraction (muscle lengthening against gravity) of the adductor musculature. Other sports that require twisting, turning, kicking, and sprinting, such as tennis, rugby, football (American), basketball, and running have also been associated with groin strains. Moreover, adductor strains may happen with other activities involving general exercise if our body is not adequately prepared for various movements. Although common, there are plenty of ways to prehab your groin in an effort to prevent adductor injuries! This article will give you actionable exercises on how to prehab your groin strain!