Soccer's Popularity Spurs Youth Injuries
Analysis Finds Injury Rates Are Highest Among Kids Under 15
Types of Soccer Injuries continued...
The researchers say a common serious injury that doctors see is a rupture of
the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) -- a tear in one of the knee ligaments
that joins the upper and lower leg bones.
Previous research has indicated that female collegiate soccer players have a
2.8 times greater risk of ACL rupture than male players do, the researchers
write, but some evidence suggests the increased risk is closer to four to six
times for females.
Soccer can be good for health, the researchers say, but children,
adolescents, and young adults should be encouraged to participate often in
other forms of physical activity in addition to soccer.