Children are always excited about playing outdoors, and sports seem like the most appealing thing in the world for most of them. Especially boys tend to chose soccer above any other sports. Their hobby comes with both advantages and disadvantages, but one of the greatest risk they are exposed to is injuries. A new study finds that soccer injuries have doubled in recent years.
The new report is based on data acquired in more than twenty years. It seems like the sport is starting to grow more and more on children. Another thing that registered a significant growth is the number of severe injuries, which required hospitalization and surgery. According to the recent study, almost three million young players, aged no more than seventeen, visited the emergency room due to injuries caused while playing soccer. This alarming number was reported between 2000 and 2014.
The rates have doubled, as the study points out. In 1990, only 106 out of ten thousand players were severely injured in the field. However, in 2013, 220 out of ten thousand players are injured during competitions or training sessions.
The number of players has also doubled, which highlights the popularity of the game among children. It seems that three million children took up the sport in 2014.
One of the most dangerous types of soccer injuries is concussions. Doctors have been treating thousands of them on soccer players, as reported by the study. Specialists inform players, trainers and parents alike that concussions are dangerous because they can interfere with the brain’s development and alter the cognitive functions of the affected person.
There are many ways in which children can get a concussion while playing soccer: they can get hit by the ball, or collide with a colleague while trying to hit the ball with their heads. Doctors suggest that trainers should explain children techniques the best as possible. Only a good technique management can prevent such severe injuries, the specialists say.
Small injuries, like fractures, don’t need hospitalization and are among the most common.
Another piece of advice that the professionals give to both athletes and coaches is that a good warm up can save them from many unpleasant health problems.
Football is considered to be the sport that causes most injuries in children. However, soccer is deemed to be the second most dangerous sport for young players. Both boys and girls are affected.
The new study on soccer injuries was published in Pediatrics.
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