“Exaggerated celebrations after making a goal, such as sliding, piling up, and tackling a teammate when racing away, can result in serious injury.”
SCIs – which can, and sadly do, occur both at professional and amateur soccer matches – happen when players perform dramatic on-field feats of celebration after scoring a goal. In a study which followed 152 players over two seasons, nine SCI cases were found. With injury-causing manoeuvres such as …
• sliding (prone or supine) and sliding while kneeling (5 cases)
• piling up on jubilant teammates (3 cases), and
• being tackled while racing away (1 case )
“Injuries included ankle, clavicle, and rib fractures; medial collateral ligament sprain; low back strain; hamstring and adductor muscle strain; quadriceps muscle sprain; and coccyx contusion.”
• Most SCIs occurred during the second-half of play.
• 6% of the 152 players evaluated had injured themselves via SCIs
• Rival team players were not usually responsible.
• The mean duration for recovery was 6.2 weeks.
The doctors therefore suggest that :
“… coaches and team physicians should teach self-control and behavior modification to minimize the risk of such injuries.”
‘Score-Celebration Injuries Among Soccer Players. A Report of 9 Cases’ was published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine – August 2005; 33 (8)