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Question Number: 27901

Law 4 - Players Equipment 10/16/2013

RE: Under 19

Pharyn of Wilmington, Delaware united states of america asks...

can you play soccer if you have a cast on your hand/wrist/arm and its wrapped in bubble wrap?
because you dont necessarily use your arms or hands in the game of soccer unless your doin throw-ins or the goalie right?
so am i still allowed to play?

thank you for your time, and have agood day !

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Pharyn
Hard casts are generally not allowed as they pose a risk to opponents. While you might not think so arms are used in a variety of way such as shielding, balance while jumping, running etc. So there are many ways that a player can make contact with a hard cast.
What can be worn is a soft cast and that can also be covered by bubble wrap to augment the safety aspects but that is not essential.
Also a word of advice. If it is a hard cast it is there to immobilize the arm and to help in the healing process. Playing sports is really not advisable as it does strain the limb plus there is a serious risk of falling perhaps risking further injury or strain. In addition casts do not react well to moisture including sweat. If the cast gets damaged it may need to be redone.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery

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Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

Whether a hard cast can be worn should be covered in the local rules of competition. AYSO prohibits them entirely. High school (NFHS) require it be covered with 1/2 hard foam (not bubble wrap). Some leagues leave the issue whether it is safely padded to the discretion of the referee.

I agree with RefMcHugh about whether it is wise to play in a cast, even when allowed where there is a risk of further injury. The season is short; the rest of your life is longer.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

You first need to check with your State Association. In Georgia, no casts, period.

If your State allows padded casts, you should then check with your doctor as to the advisability of playing with an unhealed fracture.

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