SoccerAmerica: Emergency room visits for youth soccer injuries have more than doubled

SoccerAmerica: Emergency room visits for youth soccer injuries have more than doubled

Emergency room visits for youth soccer-related injuries have more doubled from 1990 to 2013, according to a study in Pediatrics medical journal, further demonstrating the need for a holistic approach towards player health and safety. The Sept. 13 edition of SoccerAmerica’s Youth Soccer Insider published the report, which shows that injuries caused by soccer play occurred 106 times per 10,000 players in 1990. Twenty-three years later, that number has more than doubled to 220 per 10,000 players.

The rise can be attributed to various factors, including an increased population of soccer participants that often play year-round and in more leagues and competitions. Head injuries have also contributed to the increase, as concussions continue to draw mass concern.

“This awareness (of concussions) may have led to better recognition of concussions and referrals to emergency departments by soccer coaches and athletic trainers,” the study notes. “Parents may have lower thresholds for taking their child to the ED for evaluation of a suspected concussion.”

In June, US Club Soccer implemented major initiatives within its Player Health & Safety pillar of Players First. All registered staff members of US Club Soccer are now required to take the Sideline Sports Doc/US Club Soccer online course, which is designed to improve on-field triage of key injury situations. The course – kept up-to-date on medical mandates, response protocols and best practices – includes chapters on:

  • The SAFE Method – initial evaluation of an on-field injury
  • Ankle and foot injuries
  • Concussion
  • Fractures
  • Heat illness
  • Knee injuries

Additionally, US Club Soccer substantially increased its background screening standard. The standard is consistent with youth sports screening best practices and exceeds FCRA requirements. More information is available in CEO Kevin Payne’s letter to US Club Soccer parents last month.

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