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Futsal is a variant of soccer played indoors and was approved by FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) in 1962.1 It has become increasingly popular worldwide and there are less severe injuries to players that at soccer tournaments. There are fewer tackles in futsal than in soccer. Players who are in their early teens are most susceptible to injury, especially damage to knees, legs and ankles. Futsal players can often be injured because they have not warmed up suffi ciently before starting to play, or because of sudden acceleration and deceleration moves that cause muscle tears. Plantar fasciitis is a painful swelling caused by a minor tear of the plantar fasci (a connective tissue on the sole of a foot) and is the most common injury in futsal players.
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