A study on concussions among high school soccer players published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine on December 28, 2016 found that concussion rates for youth players have increased in recent decades.
According to Reuters, the study leader was Dr. Morteza Khodaee, a sports medicine researcher at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Researchers examined data from High Schools from 2005 to 2014. The researchers looked at injuries per minute of athletic exposure. Both practices and competitions were included.
It was determined that concussions increased among male and female players.
There were 2.06 injuries per 1,000 athletic exposures and 0.35 concussions per 1,000 athletic exposures.
The most common injuries were ligament sprains, accounting for 30% of injuries. Concussions accounted for about 18% of injuries.
Injuries were more common in competitions than during practice.