Soccer Injuries – Weak and damaged ligaments

Category: Blog, Sports Medicine

Why do some athletes seem to have more injuries than others? Researchers examine Hypermobility and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Hypermobility: Joints that stretch farther than normal. One cause: Weak or damaged ligaments.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS): a group of inherited disorders that weaken connective tissues. In athletes the symptoms can be seen as Loose joints, Abnormal scar formation and wound healing, bruises.

Researchers writing in the American Journal of Sports Medicine looked at English Premier soccer players to compare the incidence of injury between hypermobile and nonhypermobile players.

Fifty-four players were tested. During the season, hypermobile participants had a higher incidence of injuries and were more likely to experience at least 1 injury, a reinjury, and a severe injury compared with nonhypermobile participants. There were 9 severe knee injuries in hypermobile participants, of which 6 were cartilage injuries.(1)

“Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) should be considered in the evaluation of the hypermobile athlete. EDS is a group of inheritable connective tissue disorders affecting collagen and is characterized by articular hypermobility, skin extensibility, and tissue fragility. The most common findings in the active athlete are joint pain or instability, tissue fragility, or joint dislocations.” (2)

At the Magaziner Center for Wellness we utilize therapies such as Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma therapy and Stem Cell Therapy to help the high level soccer player strengthen the ligaments, tendons, and other connective tissue.

Let Dr. Greenberg explain how Prolotherapy works:

If you or your soccer player suffers from chronic injury, a consultation for PRP, Prolotherapy, and Stem Cell therapy may be in order: Please contact our office.

1. Konopinski MD, Jones GJ et al. The Effect of Hypermobility on the Incidence of Injuries in Elite-Level Professional Soccer Players. Am J Sports Med April 2012 vol. 40 no. 4 763-769

2. Schroeder EL, Lavallee ME. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome in athletes. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2006 Dec;5(6):327-34.