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Keep Your Players Safe
Since 1988, soccer has been consistently the most popular sport for children and youth in Canada. It isn’t even close. We shouldn’t be surprised to see that soccer also leads the way with the most injuries reported as well.
In a recent Canadian study using data provided from hospital emergency rooms, from a total of 56, 691 reported sports and recreational injuries, soccer accounted for the largest proportion of injuries with 11,941(during a 3 year time period-2007 to 2010). Of these, approximately 30% were fractures. The 10–14 year age group reported the greatest proportion of injuries. Males reported a greater number of overall injuries than females but not by much (57% to 43%).
|Type of Soccer Injury(2007-2010)||Total Soccer Injuries|
|Soft Tissue Injuries||2,628|
Obviously injuries are going to happen , however, there are a few simple things we can do as coaches to prevent unnecessary injuries and to be ready when injuries do occur.
The “Think First Foundation of Canada” in conjunction with the “Canadian Soccer Association” has developed a safety program called “Playing Smart Soccer”. This is an excellent detailed guide to keeping your players safe. Click here to download it.
Sources: The Canadian Paediatric Society:Smart-Soccer, Fridman et al. BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation 2013,5:30 Page 2 of 6.