The 2014 World Cup Injury List
Injuries can and very often do play a key part in any major sport played at the highest level and the FIFA 2014 World Cup was certainly no exception. With the finals now over the inquest will begin for certain countries into why they were unsuccessful with many wondering what might have been had they not suffered injuries in key areas. Here at Central Chiropractor Clinic our latest blog post looks back at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil to see how the course of the finals could have been changed had it not been for injuries sustained by certain players.
England fans could sit back and relax for once in the full knowledge that all their team were fully fit and ready for the competition; apart from the unfortunate Theo Walcott, who is still recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament damage that he picked up in January. It was instead group rivals Uruguay that were worrying about the fitness of star striker Luis Suarez.
It’s easy to forget, especially after allegedly biting an Italian player and making the headlines for all the wrong reasons again, that Suarez actually missed the first group game due to a knee problem. After suffering a tear to the meniscus, an injury which can often take up to 6 weeks to heal, Suarez was forced to watch his country’s first game of the tournament on the sidelines. He was (unfortunately for England) able to return less than 4 weeks after having surgery to play the remaining group matches and make it look like he’d never been away.
Brazil Suffer Lose of Key Player
Another major injury in the tournament surrounded the hosts Brazil as their young hero, Neymar, was clattered in the quarter-final match against Columbia, ruling him out for several weeks. Neymar suffered a fractured vertebra which meant he was forced to watch his country’s humiliating exit wondering what might have been. Although this type of injury is serious, surgery was not required in this case, but an extensive rest period and physiotherapy will enable him to get back to where he was.
The final itself saw an injury in the warm up to Germany’s Sami Khedira. The midfielder suffered a thigh strain, something that is all too common for top level athletes playing so many intense, high profile matches in such a short space of time. Although not too difficult to treat with rest, ice, compression and elevation, amongst other things, Khedira will now face a few weeks of not playing.
Injuries are an all too common aspect of sport that can significantly alter the outcome of certain events, although it’s not just the athletes at risk – Just ask England head physio Gary Lewin who unfortunately managed to dislocate his ankle while celebrating a goal! Here at Central Chiropractor Clinic we would like to wish Mr. Lewin a speedy recovery and having seen and treated all of these injuries and many more if you would like our help or more information on sports related injuries give us a call on 02476 222 002.