Friday, September 16, 2016
Injuries to kids from soccer rising in the US
Among kids 7-17, this was an increase of 111%.
Soccer is rising in popularity here, with 3 million registered players under age 19.
Too, the sport of soccer has changed in the last 25 years. Athletes often play year-round now and travel to events. the intensity if play is also heightened.
Injuries fall into:
--Sof t tissue injuries (22%)
--Closed head injuries (including concussion) were 7%
Most injuries occur with a player is struck by another player or the call (39%). Or when they fell (29%).
Some tips for protecting your youngster:
--Pre-season conditioning, strengthening the core and neck muscles--and hip and thigh strength
--Warm up before play
--Wearing recommended gear--skin guards, mouth guards
--Follow and enforce the rules. Many injuries occur during illegal play.
--Learn about concussions--symptoms. Encourage players to report hits to the head even in practice.
--Limit "heading" for younger players (allow it only afer age 11 and introduce it slowly.
That's a growing brain in there--and growing limbs.