Essay on The Most Popular Sports Worldwide: Soccer

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Soccer remains the most popular sports worldwide. While known as soccer in the United States, it is known worldwide as association football, or just football. It is currently played by approximately 250 million individuals in over two hundred countries. The sport involves two teams with eleven members on each team. The teams must score goals with a spherical ball by passing the ball from player to player. However, the players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands. Rather, they must use their other body parts, such as elbows, knees, feet and even their heads to pass the ball from player to player (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2014). Since the sport involves running, jumping and other physical activity, it has a wide variety of injuries associated with it. This paper will focus on the more common soccer injuries, how they occur and how they are treated.
Common Soccer Injuries
As with all sports, soccer produces a number of common injuries. These injuries are related to the running, jumping, and hitting associated with the sport. The most common injury associated with the sport includes lower extremity sprains and strains. It is important to distinguish what a sprain is and what a strain is. A sprain is an injury to a joint. It normally involves the ligaments of the joint being stretched beyond what their normal capacity is. A ligament is type of fibrous tissue that connects bones with other bones. A strain is an injury to a muscle. It is more…