Youth soccer is extremely popular for a variety of reasons: the simplicity of the rules, the relative affordability of equipment and uniforms, and its appeal because everyone on the team gets into the action. Additionally, millions of parents have supported and encouraged their children's participation because of soccer's reputation as a "safe" sport.
- Injury rates in soccer players under 14 years old are very low, although as participants get older injury rates increase, probably due to the increasing size, speed and intensity of the players.
- Still, adolescent and adult soccer players get injured much less often than football players.
- One study showed that 30 percent of high school soccer players got injured, compared to 85 percent on the football gridiron.
How Boston Children's approaches soccer safety
Soccer may be a relatively safe sport, but if your child wants a long and fun season, safety is key. At Children's, we offer tips to help make sure you stay informed as an active parent.