Main results: Youth soccer is a relatively safe sport with an injury incidence ranging from 2.3 per 1,000 practice hours to 14.8 per 1,000 game hours. Similar to adults, youth soccer injuries occur mostly in the lower extremities, specifically the knee and ankle. Contusions are the most common injury, and minor/moderate injuries predominate.
Ankle injuries account for up to 20% of all soccer injuries with ankle sprains constituting 77% of all ankle injuries [14, 19]. Concussion The prevalence of concussion in youth soccer appears to be relatively low with an incidence of 0.19 (95% CI 0.16–0.21) concussions per 1000 athletic exposures and 0.27 (95% CI 0.24–0.30) concussions per 1000 athletic exposures among male and female players, respectively [ 20 ].
Youth soccer has a greater reported injury rate than many other contact sports, and recent studies suggest that injury rates are increasing. Large increases in the incidence of concussions in youth soccer have been reported, and anterior cruciate ligament injuries remain a significant problem in this sport, particularly among female athletes.
The most common injuries recorded in soccer are ankle sprains and hamstrings injuries. More specifically, many studies have shown a correlation between the previous injury in lower extremities, weakness of abductors muscle, and psychosocial factors with the ankle sprain.
The ankle is one of the most commonly injured joints in soccer and represents a significant cost to the healthcare system. The ligaments that stabilize the ankle joint determine its biomechanics-alterations of which result from various soccer-related injuries. Acute sprains are among the most common injury in soccer players and are generally treated conservatively, with emphasis placed on secondary prevention to reduce the risk for future sprains and progression to chronic ankle instability.
As one of the most popular sports in the world, soccer injury rates involving the knee continue to rise. An alarming trend of knee injuries, including increased anterior cruciate ligament ruptures, underscores the need to review our current understanding of these injuries in soccer players.
As a typical contact sport, soccer may result in various injuries. The majority of them affect talocrural joint, knee or inguinal region, however; 4% to 22% of all soccer injuries are related to head injuries with the incidence of 1.7 injuries per 1000 playing hours (7-13).
Soccer is the most popular sport around the world, but it is a vigorous sport event with frequent exposure to injuries, from adolescents to adults (Dahlstrom et al., 2012). Sports injuries are caused by various intrinsic risk factors such as injury history, body components, and joint flexibility ( Bahr and Holme, 2003 ; Gomez et al., 1998 ; Krivickas and Feinberg, 1996 ).