Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment

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Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment

SKU# 9781936303656

A Guide to Optimal Performance for Players, Parents, and Coaches

Author: John Gallucci MS, ATC, PT, DPT


  • Tab Ramos

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Written by the medical coordinator for Major League Soccer, a nationally recognized physical therapist who treats athletes of all ages and abilities, Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment is a comprehensive, illustrated guide to the best training, strengthening, stretching, nutrition, and hydration regimens to keep athletes Ò both professional and recreational - safe and on the field. YouÌll learn:

  • Ways to prevent the most common soccer injuries, including ACL tears, fractures, ankle sprains, calf strains, shin splints, and overuse injuries
  • To identify the signs and symptoms of injury and when to seek treatment
  • Common setbacks for children and youth
  • How to reduce pain and stop nagging injuries from becoming chronic problems
  • Return-to-play protocols for concussion and warning signs for serious brain injury
  • Exercises to build endurance, flexibility, and power while protecting your body from harm
  • The LESS program, a targeted lower-body strengthening plan to prevent injury


Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 05, 2014
  • Page Count 232
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303656
  • EISBN 9781617052194

Table of Contents 

Foreword by Tab Ramos
; Introduction
; Chapter 1: Youth Injuries
; Chapter 2: Overuse Injuries
; Chapter 3: Foot and Ankle Injuries
; Chapter 4: Knee Injuries
; Chapter 5: Hip and Thigh Injuries
; Chapter 6: Spinal Injuries
; Chapter 7: Injuries to the Upper Extremity
; Chapter 8: Concussions
; Chapter 9: Strength and Conditioning
; Chapter 10: Hydration and Nutrition
; JAG Physical Therapy Lower Extremity Strengthening System Program
; Glossary

Editorial Review(s) 

“Soccer has been in my life since the day I was born. My father is a longtime coach, and at the age of sixteen I signed my first professional contract with Major League Soccer. Throughout my youth years I sustained several injuries, and John Gallucci assisted in my care. John’s Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment does a great job of taking the questions that players, coaches, and parents have regarding soccer injuries, and thoroughly explains the entire process from start to finish. More important, the emphasis on injury prevention serves as a great resource for athletes at all levels, because no matter what level you play at, the last thing you want to do is watch from the sidelines.” —Michael Bradley, Professional Soccer Player, Toronto FC, U.S. National Team

“I have sent numerous patients to John over my many years in practice and they have had not only exceptional care but have been able to return to high level of sport. He has also instructed many of my non-surgical patients in prevention programs, which has had much success in helping to prevent lower extremity injuries. Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment is a must-read for parents, players, and coaches throughout the soccer community.” —Beth Shubin Stein, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery

“Having worked as a team physician throughout all levels of athletics, I put a huge emphasis on keeping my athletes physically fit and at the top of their game. Unfortunately, injuries do happen, and when they do it is my job to get that athlete back to 100% as quickly and effectively as possible. In Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment, John Gallucci Jr. does a great job of providing education on the recovery process, allowing parents, players, and coaches to take a proactive approach in getting back on the soccer field.” —Riley J. Williams, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery, Head Team Physician, New York Red Bulls

“John Gallucci was an integral part of my success as a soccer player at Harvard University. John understands what it takes physically, mentally, and emotionally to compete at the highest level. Not only does John provide exceptional treatment, he is a specialist in injury prevention, focusing on individualized care well beyond return to sport. Thanks to John I was able to be the best and healthiest athlete that I could be.“ —Katherine Sheeleigh, 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year and Soccer America All-American

“The health and welfare of our players is a top priority. As a major league sport, we are constantly evaluating our programs and procedures to ensure our athletes are operating at peak performance. In his book Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment, John Gallucci has done a terrific job outlining some of the most common soccer injuries, and explaining what any athletes can do — from an amateur to a professional — to prevent injuries before they occur. Gallucci's book serves as an important resource for soccer players of all ages and abilities.” —Don Garber, Commissioner of Major League Soccer

“During my more than 30 years working in soccer in the United States, the game has developed in many areas on and off the field. While not always discussed, injury prevention is an important aspect in helping us continue to grow the game at all levels. Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment does an outstanding job at delivering expert advice on injuries and how to prevent them. John Gallucci’s insight provides parents, coaches, and players with an invaluable soccer medicine resource.” —Sunil Gulati, President, United States Soccer Federation

“As a player who experienced a handful of nagging injuries throughout my career, I know first-hand how important it is to take the time to prepare your body for the rigors of your sport. This book not only describes common soccer injuries and the treatment process, but goes into detail about how to prevent these injuries to keep you on the field and at 100%. The knowledge and resources outlined in John Gallucci’s book would have been invaluable to me if available during my tenure as a professional athlete.” —Claudio Reyna, Sporting Director, New York FC

"I've known John Gallucci for the last 10 years and can attest to his dedication and commitment to his patients and practice. John was instrumental in keeping me in peak shape to perform at an elite level even into my late thirties. This book is a must read for any athlete who plays sports. The lessons and practices in his book are invaluable and can help you perform at your best!" —Jeff Agoos, Vice President of Competition, Major League Soccer

“An excellent book! I’ve worked closely for many years with John Gallucci to offer the highest quality sports medicine care and resources for the athletes of Major League Soccer. In addition in 2001, I founded the National Center for Sports Safety after identifying a need to decrease the number and severity of injuries to youth, recreation and high school athletes. Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment follows the same principles and gives the readers a wealth of information about common soccer injuries and more importantly, proactive preventive measures.” —Larry Lemak, Medical Director of Major League Soccer

"I've been treating and researching sports specific musculoskeletal injuries for nearly two decades and I'm confident in saying that Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment is an exceptional tool both for medical professionals and athletes alike. This book covers it all, from nutrition to concussions and injuries of all kinds. It's second to none for knowledge on prevention and getting players back out on the pitch after injury." —John G. Kennedy, Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

“I have had a lifelong interest in sports medicine, stretching back to my days as a high school and college athlete. Throughout my career I have served as head orthopedic surgeon for a handful of professional sports teams, including the New York Red Bulls. During my experiences, I have seen countless injuries and have always stressed the importance of education to not only my patients, but their coaches and parents as well. Gallucci’s book does a great job of giving a true understanding of sports medicine knowledge, written and executed in a way that makes it easy to follow, understand and absorb.” —Dr. Edward Decter, Former New York Red Bulls Team Physician

“I’d like to say I’ve seen it all when it comes to injuries, both during my years as a professional soccer player and now as a youth coach. You always hate to see a player on the sidelines due to injury, and as a coach I am constantly educating my athletes on how to properly prepare for the game of soccer. John does a great job of using his expertise and knowledge and putting it out there for the masses to utilize. As a former athlete, coach, and a parent, this book is a must read!” —Tony Meola, US Soccer Hall of Fame Goalkeeper

Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment is a great resource for athletes looking to compete and progress on the soccer field. The attention to detail that John utilizes while describing each injury makes it relatable to parents, players and coaches as they educate themselves on common soccer injuries. As a sports medicine physician, I am always preaching that ‘prevention is key,’ and this book thoroughly outlines techniques used to prevent injuries, not only in text form, but by providing pictures and charts which makes the content relatable and easy to understand.” —Dr. Andrew Hutter, Former Assistant New York Red Bulls Team Physician

“As Senior Director of Supporter Relations and Safety at Major League Soccer, I too often see players out due to injury. Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment is a great go-to guide for the non-medical professional, explaining what you need to know in detail, defining terms and providing visuals to supplement the text. John Gallucci helps players, coaches and parents in providing education and understanding about the causes of injuries and the proper path to recovery.” —Evan Dabby , Senior Director of Supporter Relations and Safety, Major League Soccer