No one wants to get sidelined with an injury. Ankle sprains and injuries to the knee, particularly the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) are common in soccer. Is there anything you can do to prevent yourself from missing valuable playing time? Absolutely.
Learning how to move with good form and alignment will help protect your knees. Having the body awareness and balance to support your knees and ankle is the first step. Here are some more detailed tips:
Perform the following drills on your own or with teammates until the movement patterns are second nature and you don’t have to think about it.
2. Balance and Hip Strengthening
3. Walking Lunges
4. Changing Direction
5. Jumping and Landing Drills
Practice these drills on your own and if possible, with your team. Don’t wait until the season starts when your priorities will be to run plays and work with your teammates. A good thing to remember is to get in shape to play, don’t play to get in shape.