Soccer Injury Rates Increasing
Youth soccer is one of the most popular team sports and is an effective form of exercise for many children. However, with the growing popularity of soccer, a greater number of injuries occur, as detailed in a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The report, which appeared in the February issue of Pediatrics, shows higher injury rates among younger, preadolescent players. Young females tend to suffer more knee-related injuries compared to male soccer players, who tend to have more ankle injuries.
Concussions are common in soccer, and females tend to have a slightly higher concussion risk than males. The risk of a head injury is comparable to other contact/collision sports, though evidence does not support repeated heading as a risk for short- or long-term cognitive issues.
Researchers suggest enforcing the rules of the game and discouraging overtly aggressive or dangerous play to reduce injuries, since many injuries result from unsafe play or conditions. For more information, visit