Study Finds Soccer To Be A Safe Sport For Children

Soccer KidsThe risk of injury among soccer players ages 6-12 years is much lower than in teenagers and adults. A new study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine evaluated 159 players ages 6-16 and found that the injury incidence was 2.2 per 1000 playing hours for boys and 2.0 per 1000 playing hours for girls. The injury incidence was much lower for younger players 6-12 years of age at 1.6 injuries per 1000 playing hours. The injuries in the younger players were mainly mild injuries. The authors concluded that soccer is a safe sport for children.

Common soccer injuries include blisters, shin splints, ankle sprains, ingrown toenails, stress fractures, tendonitis and other overuse injuries. Younger players do not develop overuse injuries as often as adolescents and adults and also have a lower incidence of fractures.

Froholdt A, Olsen OE, Bahr R. Low Risk of Injuries Among Children Playing Organized Soccer. A Prospective Cohort Study. Am J Sports Med June 2009. 37:1155-1160.

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