Goalkeeper injuries: In the firing line

Goalkeepers are always in the firing line and constantly at risk of injury. The position puts you in risk at every turn. Catching, diving, jumping, and colliding with other players are all parts of the job description. Injuries are commonplace for goalkeepers. So, which goalkeeper injuries are likely to occur when you step into goal?

Fingers and hands

Finger and hand injuries are the most common goalkeeper injuries. Due to the ball being kicked fast and hard at you, your reflexes must be quick. Even with quick reflexes, you can suffer an injury to your fingers and hands due to hard shots. Injuries to fingers and hands become even more likely when you dive side to side or leap to tip a ball over the ball. You will often see goalkeepers remove their gloves following a match to see their finger joints, wrists, and knuckles tapped up. This is one way to reduce the risk of jamming and breaking fingers and wrists.


Contusions are also commonplace goalkeeper injuries. Due to the diving and collisions that can occur when playing in net, goalkeepers can endure bruises, knots, and cuts. Contusions can be treated more easily than other injuries.  For example, knots, swelling, and bruises can be iced after matches or training. Cuts that require stitches or treatment can send a goalkeeper to the sidelines for a short time.

Muscle strains

Muscle strains can occur in a variety of body parts from the back to the glutes to the legs. Hamstrings are probably the most often muscle strained. Goalkeepers need to jump, dive, and move in a variety of ways to stop shots. Goalkeepers can also endure a leg injury by kicking the ball down the pitch. One of the most common ways goalkeepers suffer a muscle strain in modern football is due to rushing out of goal to cover for defenders.


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