Demos Health Blog

Posted on July 29, 2014 by John Gallucci | 0 comments
An important structure in stabilizing the elbow is the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). Soccer goalkeepers are most likely to suffer a UCL injury than any other player on the field. An acute UCL injury may occur following a fall or with an external force such as another soccer player resulting in overstretching of the ligament. Repetitive stress placed on the ligament such as the goalie throwing the ball in practices and games can also result in laxity of the ligament with pain and instability....
Posted on July 18, 2014 by John Gallucci | 0 comments
When soccer players suffer injuries to the cervical spine, they are most often injuries to the musculoskeletal system including strain, sprain or spasm. This is usually the result of a sudden, unexpected twist or turn, or more commonly known as "whiplash". The majority of the time, a soccer player injures their neck following a headed ball. Through specific positioning of the neck and upper back, a soccer athlete can brace for impact while transferring maximal force through their spine and prevent...
Posted on July 15, 2014 by John Gallucci | 0 comments
Chronicling the injuries of the soccer players at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Check out our infographic and also read more in Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment, the new book from Major League Soccer's medical coordinator John Gallucci, Jr. Click on the image below to see the full-sized infographic.   ...
Posted in: Sports Injuries
Posted on July 14, 2014 by John Gallucci | 0 comments
The running athlete, such as a soccer player, is at risk for developing plantar fasciitis, or inflammation and pain at the bottom of the foot. Treating this condition could be complex where competitive athletes may be reluctant to take time to rest and allow for proper healing. Plantar Fasciitis is typically associated with "flat feet", poor arch support and/or poor fitting shoes combined with continuous running and sport specific training. The athlete's initial complaints usually relate...
Posted on July 7, 2014 by John Gallucci | 0 comments
Overuse injuries are prevalent in the soccer athlete due to repetitive stress placed on the muscles and tendons with running, jumping, cutting and kicking. A commonly developed overuse injury is Achilles tendinitis, or pain and inflammation of the Achilles tendon where it inserts into the heel. An athlete with Achilles Tendinitis will usually complain of heel, or Achilles tendon, pain that is increased during or after soccer activities. The severity ranges in stages from minor with very little...