These are still devastating injuries in males, though. While ACL sprains only comprised 0.4% of all injuries in NCAA men’s soccer, they accounted for the greatest number of median days missed – 259 days. Contact with other players makes up a large percentage of soccer injuries. Contact with other playersis especially dangerous in men’s soccer. Contact with other players directly or indirectly made up 42.3% of all injuries.
Individual drills (8.0%) Contact with other players accounted for the majority of injuries. The proportion of injuries that are concussions (9.2 percent) in NCAA women’s soccer players is nearly double the proportion seen in NCAA men’s soccer players (5.5 percent). Surgery resulted from 2.4 percent of all injuries.
Recommendations: Sprains, contusions, and strains of the lower extremities were the most common injuries in men's collegiate soccer, with player-to-player contact the primary injury mechanism during games. Preventive efforts should focus on the player-to-player contact that often leads to these injuries and greater enforcement of the rules that are in place to limit their frequency and severity.
The second situation in which the goalkeeper can be changed is if there is an injury, which must be certified by the attending physician or athletic trainer in conjunction with the NCAA representative (if an NCAA tournament game) or with the governing sports authority (if a conference tournament game).
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) monitors injuries among college student-athletes at member schools. During the 5 academic years from 2009–10 through 2013–14, injuries and athlete-exposures were voluntarily reported to NCAA-ISP by participating team athletic trainers, using a web-based platform.
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Fulstone D, Chandran A, Barron M, DiPietro L. Continued Sex-Differences in the Rate and Severity of Knee Injuries among Collegiate Soccer Players: The NCAA Injury Surveillance System, 2004-2009. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 2016;37(14):1150-3.* PMID: 27706548
Across all divisions and seasons, the rate of game injuries (13.8 per 1000 A-Es, 95% CI = 13.7, 13.9) was 3.5 times higher than the rate of practice injuries (4.0 per 1000 A-Es, 95% CI = 3.9, 4.0). These rates equate to 1 injury every 2 games and 1 injury every 5 practices for a team of 50 participants.
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