Injury incidence rates in youth soccer vary considerably between studies and have been reported to be anywhere from 2.0 to 19.4 injuries per 1000 hours of exposure. 5–7 Injury incidence has been consistently documented to be much greater during games than during training in adolescents 5,8 as well as 7- to 12-year-olds. 5 In a recent systematic review of injury incidence in male soccer players, injury rates among adolescent athletes was found to range from 3.7 to 11.1 injuries per 1000 ...
Ankle injuries account for up to 20% of all soccer injuries with ankle sprains constituting 77% of all ankle injuries [14, 19]. Concussion The prevalence of concussion in youth soccer appears to be relatively low with an incidence of 0.19 (95% CI 0.16–0.21) concussions per 1000 athletic exposures and 0.27 (95% CI 0.24–0.30) concussions per 1000 athletic exposures among male and female players, respectively [ 20 ].
Soccer is classified as a high- to moderate-intensity contact/collision sport, 19 with most injuries overall occurring from either player-to-player or player-to-ground/ball/goalpost contact rather than overuse. 14, –, 16 Contact injuries occur primarily when the player is tackling the ball, being tackled, or heading the ball as 1 or more defenders are impeding the play. 6 The mechanisms of noncontact injury include running, twisting/turning, shooting, and landing.
From the 22 selected articles, sprain, strain, contusion, and tendinitis (and bursitis) were the most common types of injury sustained on the soccer field (table 7). Of these studies, 21 reported contusion, 10 reported sprain, and six reported strain as the most common injury type. View this table:
Injuries to the head, neck, and face include cuts and bruises, fractures, neck sprains, and concussions. A concussion is any alteration in an athlete's mental state due to head trauma and should always be evaluated by a physician. Not all those who experience a concussion lose consciousness. HOW ARE SOCCER INJURIES TREATED?
In this article, I discuss soccer injury, including six of the most common soccer injuries and their typical treatments. Ankle sprain. An ankle sprain is an extremely common soccer injury. Inversion injuries (or what many people think of as rolling the ankle) can injure the ligaments on the lateral side of the ankle, causing an ankle sprain.
Objectives: To examine evidence on the effectiveness of current injury prevention strategies in soccer, determine the applicability of the evidence to children and youth, and make recommendations on policy, programming, and future research. Methods: Standard systematic review methodology was modified and adopted for this review. Research questions and relevance criteria were developed a priori ...
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