Youth soccer has exploded in popularity in recent years with an estimated 3 million children playing in leagues today. But a new study says with those growing numbers a soaring number of reported injuries has come as well.
According to the report published in the Journal of Pediatrics, soccer-related emergency room visits have spiked 111% from 1990 to 2014.
Sprains or strains were among the most common injuries accounting for more than 34% of the injuries reported.
Fractures meanwhile represented around 23 % of the injuries. Concussions accounted for about 7% of the emergency room visits.
But one observer says that rise might not be a bad thing. Scott sailor with the Athletic Trainers Association says it's a sign that parents and others are better educated about injuries.
He also says parents should get in the game as far as safety goes recommending they get a good look at the facilities and equipment being used, as well as make sure there's a plan in case of emergency.