Soccer is a year-round sport, requiring players to maintain their strength and conditioning.

Remaining healthy is vital to a player's success. And using proper training techniques and effective warm-up and cool-down methods can help prevent injury. 

Players from the Charlotte Independence professional soccer team and Novant Health doctors Karan Shukla, Kyle Pope and Christian Turner teamed up to offer some useful training tips:

Warm-up Exercises

Warming up before a match can help optimize performance and reduce the risk of injury.

 

ACL Strengthening Exercises

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the main stabilizing ligament in your knee. Strengthening your core leg muscles can reduce the risk of an ACL injury.

 

Avoiding Ankle Injuries

Sprained ankles are the No.1 injury in soccer. Here’s how proper training can help.

 

Post-game Recovery Tips

A gradual cooldown after a match or practice is important to maintaining peak physical performance.

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to get world-class care for your sports-related needs. Download our guide on common sports-related injuries.