Youth Soccer Injuries

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and participation in youth soccer is at an all-time high. But soccer carries a higher risk of injury than many other contact sports. Dr. Edward Hill discusses soccer injuries in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Soccer is one of the most popular team sports in the world and participation in youth soccer has risen. With that increased participation has come an increasing prevalence of youths injured while playing.

Researchers estimate that more than 185,000 soccer-related injuries occurred in 2006, with four out of five of those injured under 24 years of age. Forty-four percent of the injuries occurred in players younger than 15.

A study of youth soccer injuries found:

Boys have a higher risk of suffering injuries during games.

Knee injuries are more common in soccer played outdoors than inside.

Most injuries result either from player-to-player contact or player contact with the ground, the ball or goalposts.

Contact injuries occur mostly when players are tackling the ball, being tackled or hitting the ball with their heads.

Ankle injuries are the most common injury with knee injuries in second.

Soccer can be good for health but children and adolescents should be encouraged to participate in other forms of physical activity as well.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.