Clinical report - Injuries in youth soccer

Chris G. Koutures, Andrew J.M. Gregory, Teri M. McCambridge, Holly J. Benjamin, Joel S. Brenner, Charles T. Cappetta, Rebecca A. Demorest, Mark E. Halstead, Cynthia R. LaBella, Stephanie S. Martin, Stephen G. Rice

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Injury rates in youth soccer, known as football outside the United States, are higher than in many other contact/collision sports and have greater relative numbers in younger, preadolescent players. With regard to musculoskeletal injuries, young females tend to suffer more knee injuries, and young males suffer more ankle injuries. Concussions are fairly prevalent in soccer as a result of contact/collision rather than purposeful attempts at heading the ball. Appropriate rule enforcement and emphasis on safe play can reduce the risk of soccer-related injuries. This report serves as a basis for encouraging safe participation in soccer for children and adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-414
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2010


  • Anterior cruciate ligament tear
  • Concussion
  • Knee injury
  • Soccer


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