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Soccer is the world’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. The most commonly injured areas are the ankle and knee, and the most common injuries are sprains and strains. In this article I will highlight the most common injuries seen in soccer, and demonstrate research based soccer prehab exercises to prevent these injuries while employing soccer-specific activities.