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Broken Bones and Bruises Rise as Youth Soccer Gets Aggressive


Soccer has gained popularity in the US over the last 25 years, and youth soccer is more common than ever before. But with the joy of the game has come the awareness of greater risk of injury for children of all ages.

“A new study of children’s soccer injuries released Monday in the journal Pediatrics found soaring rates of concussions, broken bones, lacerations, torn tendons and ankle sprains since 1990.”

“Part of the rise can be explained by increased awareness of concussion risks and higher reporting of head injuries, a trend that is common in most youth sports. But the data show that injuries like fractures, lacerations and sprains are also on the rise. That suggests that as more kids play soccer year round and the game gets more competitive, a child’s risk for injury has also increased.”

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