The Soccer Laduma Deep Heat team is dedicated to helping the fans stay on top of the latest injury news in football around the world. Our expert biokineticist, Russell Looms, from the EPT Recovery Centre in Stellenbosch, gives us his advice on the details of injuries that are sustained by some of the biggest names in local football and abroad, advises us exactly what the consequences are of a particular injury and how to deal with it.
On the injured list this week: Mark Noble
Current club: West Ham United
Injury: Abdominal injury
Soccer Laduma injury brief: West Ham United captain, Mark Noble, underwent a successful operation to rectify a long-standing abdominal injury in May and missed the last two games of the 2016/17 Premier League season. He is expected to return to preseason training at the beginning of July.
Attending Physio: Russell Looms BHMS Hons (Biokinetics), EPT Recovery Centre
The Physio says:
An abdominal muscle strain is a stretch or tear of the muscles of the abdomen. It may also be called a “pulled” muscle. Abdominal pain may be sustained during sport or during an activity like lifting or twisting or even hard coughing or sneezing. It is seldom but can also occur from doing excessive amounts of sit-ups or crunches. Injuries or strained abdomen muscles can also be associated with lower back pain or issues.
Recommended rehab exercise:
Seek professional advice as to what caused the strain or tear. Moist heat may help relax your muscles. Put moist heat on the sore area for 10 to 15 minutes before you do warm-up and be careful of doing excessive stretching exercises. It is important to look at the strength of the ‘core’ (muscles that make up the abdomen and back).
Estimated time of recovery:
A few weeks for a mild strain. For more severe strains or tears, six to eight weeks.
How to prevent this injury from recurring:
Warm up thoroughly before playing or exercising is important. Use Deep Heat to warm up and keep you moving forward. You can strengthen your abdominal muscles by doing Pilates-based exercises. The stronger the core, the better. Practice pulling your ‘belly button’ towards your spine. Strong upper legs and buttocks can assist in making the pelvic region stronger and more stable.
Notable players who suffered this injury in the past:
John Obi Mikel