Who gets injured the most at your football/basketball/netball/cricket/rugby/combat sports club? The guy that just got off the couch or the guy that's been in the gym 5-6 days a week for the past year?
Unsurprisingly it’s usually not the people that are physically fit and prepared. It's the guys and gals that skip pre-season, eat like shit, and don't put in the work.
Sport is a serious strain on the body. Sports like rugby and footy are some of the most physically demanding sports in the world. Take footy for example. You're expected to run 10-14km a game. You're expected to run fast, really fast. You're expected to change direction at the drop of a hat. You're expected to keep this output for 2 hours. And then you're expected to tackle, be tackled, wrestle, bump and deal with all kinds of contact.
Unfortunately, people think that because they've been playing for years they can spend 6 months on the couch and walk straight back into it. They might get away with this for a couple years, but it will inevitably catch up with them. They also won't perform anywhere near their potential, but that's for another day.
Moral of the story is this - sport is hard. The demands on the body are huge. And... YOU NEED TO EARN THE RIGHT TO PLAY SPORT WITHOUT GETTING INJURED.
The more work you do off the field - the more load your body can handle - the less likely you are to get injured. Sure, contact injuries and dumb luck still lead to the most capable athletes getting injured. But you can significantly reduce your chances with some proper S&C work.
You need to accustom your body (as best you can) for what it will experience on game day... for footballers, that's all the things I outlined above, high-speed running, high-speed running when fatigued, long distance running, explosive movement, mobility, strength, anaerobic capacity, and the list goes on.
So if you're someone constantly getting niggles and soft tissue injuries, GET IN THE GYM AND ON THE TRACK, it's time to do something about it.