Why does my knee hurt when i play soccer?

As a professional couch potato, I can empathize with the excruciating pain that you feel in your knees after playing soccer. It’s like some rogue demon has possessed your body and is trying to rip apart every joint from the inside out. So why exactly does this happen?

The Anatomy of a Soccer Player Knee

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of why your knee hurts while playing soccer, let’s do a quick rundown of what makes up the human knee. The knee comprises bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons and ligaments that come together to form one heck of an intricate network.


Fun fact: Did you know that femur is the longest bone in your body? This thigh bone attaches to our pelvis at one end and forms part of our hip joint at another.


Connecting to our femur through two strong hinge-like joints on each side are our shinbones – tibias! You’ve probably experienced this as part oft-horrifying moments where someone crashes straight into you causing them and you immeasurable grief!

Patella aka Kneecap

This curious triangular-shaped bone sits overtop our kneecaps connected via tendons ensuring mobility by smoothly gliding over various peaks and rivets within its groove. Neat right?

But enough with all these boring anatomy facts; let’s dive right into addressing your problem – those darn knees during soccer games!

Reasons Your Knee Hurts When Playing Soccer

1.Trauma & Injuries

Let’s start off with what might seem obvious but isn’t always given adequate thought: hard-core training or engaging in highly-competitive sports may result in serious injuries such as muscle tears (especially if not stretching), sprains or worse still undiagnosed fractures.

‘But I’m a tough cookie’

Oh yeah you may be… but your knee aren’t. When the human body is pushed beyond its limit, it’s not always about who is tougher or more resilient, it often comes down to plain old physics.

2.Failed Body Mechanics

Let’s face it – none of us are superhuman (yet) so our body mechanics could be messed up due to improper form and poor posture while playing soccer.


Preventative self-evaluation before attempting that impressive slide tackle keeps one from contracting tendinitis (swelling around the patella aka jumper’s knee), as well as bone misalignment in certain cases.

3.Patellar-Femoral Syndrome

Commonly known as “Runner’s Knee”, Patellofemoral syndrome can happen surprisingly enough even if you’ve never run a day in your life! It describes an injury involving wear & tear affecting the cartilage under our kneecaps resulting in irritation when engaging the joint during those wicked quick movements on field!

Symptoms That Your Knees Need Attention

Are any ‘red alerts’ popping up after reading reason number 2? What should one specifically look out for?
If there’s swelling observed stretch first then see a doctor immediately!
Pain and Discomfort
How bad is this pain? Is it minor discomfort or serious agony?
Clicking Sounds
Are some parts of my knees making sounds they shouldn’t be making?

When observing these symptoms do not ignore them hoping they magically clear away; otherwise rest assured many joys await visits with Mr. Physiotherapist eventually!

Risk Factors: Understanding Potential Causes For Painful Soccer Game Knees

Now on rare occasions sometimes certain things lead to excruciating pain at night which seemingly came from nowhere! These risk factors include:

  1. Age
    While age is but a number to some, there’s no denying that it tends to catch up with us. Even if you’ve been sprinting around fields like the wind since childhood, prolonged soccer playing may eventually take its toll on your knees especially if not implementing proper muscle strengthening exercises.

  2. History of Injury
    If an injury hasn’t fully healed; further, abuse only means risk of developing chronic conditions or additional illnesses becomes more likely.

  3. Overweight
    Being overweight puts extra strain and pressure onto joints which were simply not made for bearing that much weight.

What Can You Do About Your Painful Soccer Knees?

Okay all right already! Based off the possible reasons discussed so far let’s get down to business and see how we can systematically tend to our whiny-knee-syndrome!
– Schedule an appointment with your doctor now.
– Begin incorporating low impact exercise into daily routines such as stretches & planks.
– Take advantage of advanced tech-gear designed specifically for protecting knees by choosing appropriate soccer boots providing ample cushioning support!

Furthermore……opt for medications known in reducing swelling thus easing discomfort:

Naproxen Sodium

Preventative Measures For Healthy Knees

We’ve gone over why knee pain occurs but what about preventing it from happening? Take note:

1) Get at least 8 hours sleep every day! (No really…not a joke) Good rest equals good recovery time hence healthy muscles fit for action especially when engaging soccer games bending/break dance moves etcetera without twisting everything outta place!

2) Prioritize cardiovascular training alongside strength-building exercises – this helps build endurance while facilitating overall physical fitness improving stance/posture during playing sessions!

Alternative treatments are also available however kindly avoid self-diagnosing kneecap issues utilizing professional specialist opinion first before jumping into new fads claiming quick cure solutions.

When faced with painful knee joints eventually it’s ultimately our responsibility to ensure long-term health when on field. You may score that goal but if you can hardly walk the next day….was it really worth it?

So there you have it folks! Keep pushing for healthy knees as they say; after all prevention is always better than a cure!

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