Injury rates are high in competitive sports. Soccer requires high velocity acceleration, deceleration, direction changes, pivoting, all of which can contribute to overuse injuries. The body also adapts to regular movement patterns during play, such as a dominant kicking leg in soccer. The dominant standing leg is used to balancing and keeping the body upright, it will have developed stabilising muscles but, if you asked this leg to kick a ball it would be unused to the range of movement (ROM) required for this action. Equally, the kicking leg has a wider ROM, more flexibility in the muscles but if you tried balancing on this leg you may find it more difficult. This imbalance in the lower extremities puts you at risk of injuries such as hamstring, groin, knee and lower leg muscle or tendon ruptures.