my age is 47 years old and i play soccer regularly. but lately after a soccer game i feel a little pain on my upper back, near or below the neck area. i have enquired with soccer mates about this and they advice me to have nutrition or supplements. Any advice why this pain occurs and what i should do to prevent it ?
congratulations on being so active.
It is all but impossible to give any advice on the origin of your pain without doing any assessment. You describe it as a ‘little’ pain; it seems to me that it has not yet stopped you from playing soccer.
Whenever there is pain, the obvious recommendation is to go and see a physician. One thing you can to in the meantime is observe how you move. Upper back pain can often be caused by a chronic tightening of the upper trapezius. It may be worth noticing whether it’s get better when you ice it.
As far as nutrition and supplements are concerned, it is very kind of you soccer mates to offer advice but I would go and see a licensed nutritionist who can analyze our current diet and make appropriate recommendations. Keep in mind that medications (if you take any) can interfere with absorption of vitamin and minerals, and this is better left to the experts.
I hope you will be free of pain soon and wll continue to enjoy many games of soccer.
I agree with the answers given. I think your first step is to consult with a physician or physical therapist to determine a likely etiology of the pain.
As far nutrition, I am generally an advocate for the American Dietetics Association’s Food Guide Pyramid, even for older athletes. Just make sure you’re eating enough to meet your energy needs. Selective supplementation, absent the recommendation of a qualified nutritionist, is not something I generally recommend. I do think that taking a broad spectrum multi-vitamin/mineral supplement once day with a meal is a good idea.
Take care. Good luck.
It is great you are so active; keep up the good work.
About the pain, I would see a doctor about it, to rule out any underlying condition. I hope all the running has not started to compress your spine. Ice or heat may help in the meantime. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation may also help until you get this checked out.
About supplements, you will want to speak with a Registered Dietitian.
I also believe that you will want to assess your running style; you may be tightening that painful area and it has caught up with you.
Please be sure to eat a balanced diet with enough water intake.
No worries, just nip this in the bud.