chapter  45
Mechanisms and Characteristics of Injuries in Youth Soccer
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Soccer is a contact sport and due to the specific mechanics of the game it leads to a relatively high incidence of injuries (17-24 injuries per 1000 playing hours) with injury being defined as ‘a lesion which prevents a player from participating in a game or training session’ (Ekstrand and Gillquist, 1982). Furthermore, the risk of injury in professional soccer is around 1000 times higher than that observed in other occupations. For example, construction and mining, with 0.02 injuries/1000 hours, are generally regarded as high risk (Health and Safety Commission, 1997). The costs of injuries to soccer players are enormous; the cost of treatment and loss of production through time off work has been estimated at about £1 billion in the United Kingdom each year (Ball, 2000).