Injury Prevention

Soccer

Each year, more than 8 million kids play soccer and more than 75,000 kids are treated in emergency rooms for soccer-related injuries. Some of the more common soccer injuries include broken bones, concussions, torn ligaments and sprains.

Safety Tips

Equipment

  • Boys should wear an athletic cup, shin guards and soccer shoes.
  • Girls should wear a chest protector, shin guards and soccer shoes.
  • The goalie should wear gloves in addition to the equipment mentioned above.
  • Remove nets when goals are not in use.
  • Check your child’s equipment often to make sure it is in good condition and that it fits properly.
  • Tell your child to never climb on the net or goal framework.
  • Make sure the goal is properly anchored and counterweighed. A movable soccer goal is more likely to tip over than one that is anchored.

Playing the Game Correctly

  • Have children play with other children of the same skill level, physical maturity and weight.
  • Make sure children know and play by the rules of the game.
  • Make sure that the coach has the proper qualifications to coach soccer and is teaching the proper techniques.

Extra Precautions

  • Inform the coach of any medical conditions your child may have.
  • Ensure that there is adult supervision.
  • Keep players hydrated. Make water available before, during and after all games and practices – especially on hot days. Although water is preferred, sports drinks and juices are good alternatives. Avoid drinks containing caffeine because they can further dehydrate the body.
  • Make sure the playing environment is safe.
  • Do not permit children to play if they are injured or sick.
  • Instruct players on safe handling and potential dangers of moveable soccer goals.
  • Make sure a person certified in CPR and first aid is present at all games and practices.
  • Clear the playing field of garbage and debris, and make sure there are no holes or stumps that may cause injury to players.
  • If playing outdoors, have your child wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher that is sweat and water-resistant. Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 to 4 hours.
  • Be familiar with RICE – Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate. This is effective for most minor sprains and strains associated with athletic injury.

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Last Update
May 23, 2008
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