Watching a lot of World Cup games has been and will continue to be a lot of fun and exciting... and entertaining. I've heard a few groans about how there's way too much drama and bodies flopping all over the field. It doesn't bother me too much and it certainly doesn't make me NOT want to watch as much as I can.
During the quarterfinal match between Brazil and Colombia last Friday, the ever popular Neymar suffered a broken vertebrae and he won't be able to return to the soccer pitch - Brazil has to move on to the semi-finals and potentially the finals on July 13th without him.
And earlier in the World Cup, Uruguay's Luis Suarez bit opponent Italy's Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder. He has been banned from play for four months.
You don't really see or hear about too many human bites or broken backs in soccer, and shin guards are really the only piece of safety equipment that soccer players put on.
So what are the typical injuries suffered by soccer players? Take a look at these articles to read up:
- Sidelined: Common Soccer Injuries from Science Behind Sports
- Injuries in Soccer from the Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine
- Soccer Injuries from World of Sports Science
Now - what are the rules governing all those penalties - well, FIFA has 17 "Laws of the Game" (a complete PDF is also available). If those aren't straightforward enough for you (smile), you can also read the Interpretations of the Laws of the Game as well.
The articles on soccer injuries are found in the Gale Virtual Reference Library, one of the many great online databases available to customers of the Denver Public Library. Most of the databases are available remotely to customers with a Denver Public Library card.
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I've always wondered why some sports are more violent than others; why can hockey players hit each other with their sticks, but golfers can't? It might make golf more interesting to watch.
Would be interesting... perhaps it could be called Gangster Golf.
As an avid football (soccer) fan I can tell you that of the muscular injuries suffered by players (such as those suffered by US players against Germany), are probably due to overtraining plus playing in hot, humid conditions (just imagine trying to run around on a hot summer's day). Neymar was injured by a terrible tackle by Zuniga but the referee failed to exert his authority early on in the game hence the reason why tackles flew left and right from both teams.
That Brazil v Colombia game definitely seemed to be way out of control without the ref willing to do much about it!