Injury Incidence, Body Site, and Severity in Soccer Players Aged 6–18 Years: Implications for Injury Prevention
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Exercise and Health Sciences
Injury incidence data for youth participants in soccer have been collated and summarized. Such information should form a basis for injury prevention practices. Player contact accounts for most injuries (40–66%), whereas the lower extremities are considered the most vulnerable injury site in the body (70%). Strains (24%), sprains (31%), and contusions (20%) account for 75% of all injuries reported throughout the included literature. These soft tissue injuries result in minor (1–3 days, 18%), mild (3–7 days, 36%), and moderate (>1 week, 30%) recovery durations. Specific considerations for injury prevention programs are presented.