Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment

FIFA Medical Center of Excellence

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Whether you play soccer professionally, on a school or club team, or for recreation, when injury prevents you from participating in the sport you love, the impact can be significant. No matter your skill level or age, our team of experts provides a full range of services for the soccer athlete. As a FIFA Medical Center of Excellence, we focus not only on injury treatment and rehabilitation, but also on prevention and education. Our goal is to keep you playing at the top of your game, injury-free.

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FIFA Medical Center of Excellence

Duke Health is one of only three U.S. FIFA Medical Centers of Excellence and one of 49 in the world. FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, awards this designation to established centers that have demonstrated leadership in soccer medicine with facilities and programs designed specifically for the sport. Duke collaborates with U.S. Soccer and other FIFA Centers of Excellence to provide athletes from around the country with the highest-quality, sport-specific care.

School, Club, and Community Programs

Our team works with athletes, athletic trainers, and coaches from local middle schools, high schools, colleges, and sports clubs to help athletes achieve their personal best while avoiding injury. These include Tobacco Road FC, Oak City United, Triangle United Soccer Association, and Wake FC. Our athletic medicine staff also work with Duke athletes throughout the school year and are on the field at many Duke athletic games. We also provide medical coverage at soccer practices, games, and tournaments around the Triangle. 

Our Locations

Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.

Preventing and Treating Soccer Injuries

Our team of experts educates and trains athletes to avoid injury and improve performance. We offer pre-injury screening, injury prevention programs, injury management, soccer-specific rehabilitation and analysis, and sports performance training. With access to a full-size grass field, outdoor track, and pool, you can apply new skills in a safe environment guided by trained professionals.

If you require treatment, we can connect you with the full range of specialists at Duke, including the following: 

Orthopaedic Care

Orthopaedic doctors work as a team to identify the source of your pain and recommend treatment options that will help you find relief and improve your range of motion. 

Concussion Care

Specialists evaluate and diagnose sports concussions and follow the latest international guidelines in concussion management. 

Sports Cardiology

Duke cardiologists work with athletes with heart disease, including college and professional athletes suspected of having or who have been diagnosed with heart issues. 

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Why Choose Duke

A Team Approach

If you experience a soccer-related injury or just want to minimize your risk, you will receive comprehensive care from a team of specialists. Orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine doctors, physician assistants, physical therapists, athletic trainers, psychologists, nutritionists, and others can help restore function, speed time to recovery, and provide training on injury prevention.

Soccer-Specific Care

Soccer involves quick starting and stopping, twisting and pivoting, and physical contact, all of which can lead to injury. We use X-rays, fluoroscopy, stress radiography, ultrasound, MRI, and CT scans to diagnose your condition and recommend the most effective non-surgical treatment or appropriate surgery. Many of our staff have played or coached soccer. We understand the implications of injury -- and the joy of getting back in the game.


We participate in multi-center trials with soccer organizations and other institutes around the world to advance medical care and performance training for the soccer athlete. Our doctors study biomechanics in conjunction with human performance testing through the Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Laboratory (the K-lab) and use the latest technology in health and GPS monitoring on athletes to improve injury prevention and rehabilitation. Our faculty pioneered several surgical breakthroughs, including novel fracture repairs and advanced surgical techniques.

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Official Team Doctors

Duke sports medicine specialists are the official team doctors for all Duke sports teams.

This page was medically reviewed on 09/07/2023 by