Single leg squat exercises serve as a tremendous asset for soccer players that are returning from an ACL injury. This is because the exercise involves a combination of strength, mobility, and stability of both the hip and knee.
Osgood Schlatter's Disease is one of the most common knee injuries among youth soccer athletes. Although it is rarely surgical, it is often a nagging and at times debilitating pathology with a capacity to sideline a soccer player for quite some time.
Performing leg strength and stability exercises are key components to improving performance and limiting injuries on the soccer field. In today's busy youth sports world with club and high school practices and games, private training and let's not forget school, time can become a factor.
Dealing with muscle soreness, and lack of flexibility is commonplace in soccer. Not to mention the chronic issues of patellar tendonitis or IT band issues that often nag and hinder a soccer player’s performance. These are all concerns that every soccer athlete has to deal with. Unfortunately, if unattended, these concerns can easily worsened and negatively impact an athletes soccer career. That is why it is absolutely critical that you have a recovery protocol in your training that includes some form of stretching, and soft tissue work (basically some form of massage).
Ankle taping will not fix your injury. Often times,athletes, especially young club level athletes will ask, "My ankle hurts. Can you tape it?" They often ask the question as if some piece of overpriced tape cloth will be the end all, be all cure to their ankle problems. However, this just isn't true.