Friday, September 16, 2016

Injuries to kids from soccer rising in the US

The journal Pediatrics reports that from 1990 to 2014, the number of soccer-related injuries ending up in the ER increased 78%.

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:

--Sprains (35%)

--Fractures (23%)

--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.

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