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Soccer goal: reducing injuries.

Soccer goal: Reducing injuries

Soccer injuries investigated during a summer soccer camp showed that boys who are skeletally mature (tall) but weak muscularly (as evidenced by their grip strength) seem more prone to injury than their peers. To reduce such injuries, the researchers suggest matching young soccer players according to their muscular development rather than by age.

The incidence of injury was 10.6 per 1,000 hours of soccer for girls and 7.3 per 1,000 hours for boys in the 6-to-17 age group, Douglas D. Backous of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and his colleagues report in the August AMERICAN JOURNAL OF DISEASES OF CHILDREN. The ankle was most often injured, and 70 percent of all injuries involved the lower extremities; most injuries were not serious.
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