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FOOSH Injuries in Soccer

FOOSH Injuries | Dr. Corrie reviews as Dr. Dani demonstrates helpful shoulder training exercises for goalkeepers and explains strength training when handling falling on an outstretched arm (FOOSH).

Learning About FOOSH

FOOSH stands for “falling on an outstretched hand.” Essentially, they are the injuries that occur when we try to break a fall. They are some of the most common reasons for injuries to our hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and even collarbones. And although FOOSH doesn’t describe the actual injury itself, it does describe how it happened, and that can be important to know for treatment.

FOOSH Injuries

Some FOOSH injuries are on the minor side, causing only temporary discomfort and soreness. Other FOOSH injuries can be more serious than that and may actually require immediate medical attention. Let’s take a look at some of those below.

  • Strains/sprains
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Rotator cuff tears

Reducing the Risk of FOOSH

FOOSH injuries can happen at any time. Day or night, walking or running, on or off the field  there really is no rhyme or reason to them, so it’s important to be as proactive as you can to reduce the risk of having them occur in the first place. Here are some suggestions on how to do so.  

  • Wear appropriate gear (as applicable)
  • Know your physical limits
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Watch your footing while playing
  • Wear appropriate footwear
  • Keep up with your vision checks

Foosball Is Fun, FOOSH Injuries Are Not

Making sure your environment is safe and increasing your physical capabilities (strength and balance) is key to reducing your risk of a FOOSH injury, so take the time and make any necessary changes right away. It’s the easiest way to keep the fun in your life!

Rehab 2 Perform specializes in preventing risk to re-injury and empowering you with the tools to stay active. We serve the Annapolis, Bethesda, Columbia, Frederick, Gambrills, Germantown and Mt. Airy areas in Maryland. Contact us today at 1(301) 798- 4838 or schedule an appointment by visiting us here today. 

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