Are there long-term sequelae from soccer?

Clin Sports Med. 1998 Oct;17(4):819-31, viii. doi: 10.1016/s0278-5919(05)70122-8.


A long-term soccer career seems to increase the risk for early development of osteoarthritis in the lower extremity. Soccer constitutes a risk for osteoarthritis in two different ways. First, by the increased risk for knee injuries in soccer, such as meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament injuries; and second, by the high loading on hip and knee joints that occurs in soccer. The risk for these undesirable effects of soccer are higher in top-level players.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries*
  • Athletic Injuries / complications
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / complications*
  • Osteoarthritis, Hip / etiology
  • Osteoarthritis, Knee / etiology*
  • Soccer / injuries*