Youth Soccer’s New Goal: The Emergency Department

Apparently soccer moms and coaches have taken the dangers of concussion to heart as the Associated Press reports that youngsters injured in the sport are flooding emergency departments. Part of that has to do with the growing popularity of the sport in the United States, home of the brave, free, baseball, football, and basketball. But awareness of the dangers of concussions is also a cause.

“Coaches and parents are likely seeking emergency treatment for symptoms that in previous years might have been downplayed or overlooked.” The report continues: “The overall rate of injuries, which takes into account soccer's rising popularity, more than doubled to 220 per 10,000 players in 2013, from 106 per 10,000 players in 1990. Researchers did not have enough data to calculate 2014 rates.”