Monthly Archives: April 2017

Brisbane Roar Against Perth Glory

As Brisbane Roar striker Besart Berisha slotted home his penalty in the dying seconds of the grand final against Perth Glory to seal the clubs historic win a million arguments over beers in pubs all-round Australia erupted and it is because of this that I feel that this final was one that the A-League had to have.


In football terms this game wasn’t a classic. Brisbane looked tired and struggled to get in to their stride against a stubborn Perth Glory who had come to spoil the party at Suncorp Stadium. The team from Australia’s West had brought almost 2000 fans with them on the long journey and never once did they look like the heavy underdogs that many people were pinning them as. In fact it was they that looked the most hungry with Liam Miller and Captain Jacob Burns in particular putting in outstanding shifts for their side.

So when Roar defender Ivan Franjic put the ball in to the back of his own net it looked as though a real giant killing could be on the cards. But the Roar stuck at their task and two goals in the last ten minutes from Berisha sealed the home side’s 2-1 win. But apart from the lack of any real quality football the match had everything that you could ask for with 50,000 plus supporters being taken on roller coaster ride through every emotion in the book. You could see it written all over their faces as the camera scanned the ground and picked out parents with their kids biting their nails, jumping with joy and almost kicking every ball with their side as a tense first 80 mins turned in to one of total controversy.

Should Berisha have been given the spot kick in the first place? Probably not, although his air swing and subsequent fall to the turf should not be seen as a dive. And the point has even been raised as to whether the striker could have been called for off-side just moments before the decision was given. But that is just my point the game has started people talking about the sport and the amazing things that it can throw up and not the money side of things and Clive Palmer.


A rivalry between Brisbane and Perth has now been formed as fans head to twitter and facebook to abuse each other in a way that only football fans seem to be able to do and get away with and Besart Berisha has cemented himself as the man that everybody loves to hate. On top of all this the game just happened to make history with Roar coach Ange Postecoglou becoming the first coach in the A-League era to win back to back titles. For the neutral it was all amazingly positive stuff and I hope to see more over it when next season kicks off.


Online bookmaker Luxbet had Brisbane favourites for the match.

Soccer Injuries

You are out at your young child’s soccer game, anxiously rooting them on from the sidelines when suddenly a collision happens and your child goes down with an injury. The coach rushes out on the field to find out what is wrong. You stand helplessly waiting on the side wondering how bad it is for your child.

Some parents know what to do when this happens, but many do not. The sight of their child going down on the pitch is often a jolt and causes a rush of emotions in the parent. This environment does not make for the best use of judgment when it comes to treating the injury. This handbook brings parents of young athletes a good overall approach to dealing with injuries in sports.


You will find practical advice on how to proceed when an injury occurs to your child. It will also show how to evaluate the options available to you as the parent. This information has been gathered from some of modern sports medicines most notable figures. They have spent a lifetime treating patients and getting athletes back in shape to play again. Using their knowledge you as the parent of a youth athlete can effectively help to treat the injury suffered by your child, and follow a proper course of action in healing and repairing the damage caused by the injury.

Some injuries will be minor and require no serious medical attention but there are still important things you can do that will make recovery quicker and easier. Some injuries are more severe and will require some calm and collected methodology to achieve recovery.

The author also makes professionals available for e-mail questions regarding sports medicine.

What are some of the soccer specific injuries your child might incur?

This sport has dramatically increased in popularity in the past two
decades in Australia

  • Common injuries: Bruises, cuts and scrapes, ankle sprains,
    knee injuries, headaches, sunburn.
  • Safest playing with: Shin guards, athletic supporters for males,
    cleats, sunscreen, water.
  • Prevention: Aerobic conditioning, stretching and warm-ups,
    and proper training in “heading” the ball. (“Heading”
    is using the head to strike or make a play with the ball.)

Why Ice Is the Best Treatment for a Soccer Injury?

When I was in high school, the treatment for an injury was “Get him out of the game!” That was about it. When I got home after an injury, I poured boiling water into a large porcelain basin, and soaked the injury in hot water and Epsom salts.

I was a kind of gawky kid with weak ankles, and I can remember many a night when my mother would prepare the basin. I’d sit with my foot poised over it, steam welling up, and place the sole of my foot very gingerly on top of the water. Then when I finally felt brave enough I would lower it completely into the basin. Twenty minutes later I could pull it out. By that time, it had swelled to the size of a Buick, and was throbbing in pain. That was the collective wisdom of the medical community. We’ve come a long way since then.

We now know that the best treatment for a soft tissue injury, a sprain or strain or bruise, is ice, not heat. But why?

Bayern Munich's midfielder Arjen Robben stretches as he takes part in a football training session with his teammates at the Aspire Academy of Sports Excellence in Doha, on January 10, 2015. Bayern Munich are in Doha for a nine-day training camp during their winter break. AFP PHOTO / AL-WATAN DOHA / KARIM JAAFAR == QATAR OUT == (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)

The theories behind icing an injury have changed over time. Getting an exact handle on what is happening physiologically is difficult. We can leave that to the researchers. We do know that ice, when properly applied can STOP swelling, STOP inflammation, and reduce pain. It is important to note that I said STOP, not reverse. That means ice should be applied IMMEDIATELY, because most of the swelling will occur within 5 minutes of the injury. It does no good to wait until you get home.

Stopping the swelling and inflammation means the player can return to full activity sooner. The less time spent favoring an injury, the better. Favoring an injury always runs the risk of some other body part being adversely affected.

So the answer to the question of why we ice is: To STOP swelling and inflammation, and reduce pain. But this only happens if we act quickly, in most cases within 5 minutes.