Can You Play Soccer With a Cast?

Updated on 
February 17, 2021

Injuries are inevitable for athletes. I guarantee you that there’s no soccer athlete that didn’t go through this.

Every time I got injured, I always wanted to get back on the soccer field as soon as possible. That’s why you’re maybe asking:

Can you play soccer with a cast? Yes, you can continue playing soccer with a cast. First of all, consult this decision with your medical advisor. He might advise you to wait at least one week from the day of the injury, so your arm has enough time to heal. But normally, yes, you can play soccer with a cast.

There are also a few ways you can speed up your recovery process, so let’s dive right into it!

When you can start playing soccer with a cast?

You can start playing with a cast from one week of the injury. Before you should consult this decision with your medical advisor. The extent of your injury will be the major factor that will decide when you will be able to start playing soccer with a cast. But usually, it takes about a week or two.

From my personal experience, it’s much better to take more time to rest. Why?

Because when you get back on the field too soon, you might lose confidence and will be afraid to go for tackles as before.

Soccer is a beautiful game, but very unpredictable. You can easily reopen your injury, if not given enough time to heal.

When you can start playing soccer with a cast

Can you play soccer with a broken wrist?

But what about a broken wrist?

Can you play soccer with a broken wrist?

According to FIFA, playing soccer competitively with a broken wrist is not allowed. However, players can join team practice in like two weeks from the time of injury if they wear some kind of protection for their wrist. The most common one is the cast.

As you can see - you probably won't be able to play a soccer game right away. I remember when I had a broken wrist and couldn't really do anything about it.

The positive thing though is that you can start practicing with your team in 1-2 weeks from the day of the injury.

How much time does it take to heal a broken arm?

When I had a broken arm, it took me 3 weeks till I could play soccer with a cast, and 5 weeks until I could play normally as before.

The time of the healing process of your arm will depend on the range of your injury. You can expect anything from 1 to 8 weeks.. This can vary depending on the bone, your age, and other factors such as if you had a bone fracture or just a twisted wrist. Always consult with your medical advisor first.

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably injured. Let me give you one small tip.

I know how hard it’s to sit on your couch while your teammates are playing soccer. However, I found that even an injury like a broken arm can teach you a lot!

Right now, you’re looking at this experience as something negative. But trust me, once you get over this, you’ll see that it actually teaches you something valuable.

Patience. A super important quality in today's fast-paced world. You will learn to be a more patient person.

Also, if you’re feeling like you’re falling behind your teammates, you can always improve your game by studying the videos and doing soccer analysis.

How to speed up recovery and start playing soccer?

Of course, there are a few things you can do, to help your body to cope with the injury. But remember, time and patience (yes, again patience)!

Let your body do its thing. If you start playing much sooner than you should, you might get another injury so make sure, you gave yourself enough time to heal.

So there are a few things you can do, depending on the stage you’re in.

There are three healing stages:

  • Inflammatory phase – This lasts up to four days. Depending on the injury, you might want to get some Hydrocortisone acetate which reduces swelling, itching, and redness. Also, putting ice on the injury in the first 48 hours can heavily impact the speed of your recovery.
  • Proliferative phase – This stage overlaps with the Inflammatory phase and starts at around day three.
  • Remodeling phase – This phase can continue for six months to one year after injury. It’s a time when your body adjusts and completely heals your wounds.

However, the most effective way to heal from the injury is to give it time and rest properly. I cannot stress this enough.

How to wrap a cast for soccer?

So if you’re about to hop on the soccer field and have a green flag from your medical advisor, you’ll want to wrap your arm with a cast.

But how do you wrap a cast for soccer?

Here’s an amazing video I found on Youtube, check it out:

Give your injury proper time to heal

Before you jump straight into the game, make sure that you do everything you could to help your body deal with this injury.

That includes:

  • Giving your body enough time to heal
  • Eating healthy food (check this guide to learn what to eat when injured)
  • Consult with a medical advisor

From my personal experience, it’s better to come back later, but with confidence that the injury is healed as to start sooner, as opposed to starting too soon with a fear.

Wrapping it up

I hope I answered all your questions you might have.

Remember three things:

  1. Always respect the advice of your medical advisor
  2. Never underestimate your injury
  3. Take care of your body, and it will take care of you

That’s all! I wish you fast recovery buddy!

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