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.
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.
Injury Overview • The overall injury rate in NCAA men’s soccer is 7.7 per 1,000 athlete exposures (games and practices combined). • There were more than 55,000 injuries and 7.1 million athlete exposures from 2004-2009. • Soccer players are more than three times more likely to be injured in a game (16.9 injuries
The most common injury diagnoses reported in NCAA men's soccer during the 2014–2015 to 2018–2019 athletic seasons were sprains, strains, and contusions.
Approximately 70% of all game and practice injuriesaffected the lower extremities. Ankle ligament sprains (18.3%),knee internal derangements (15.9%), concussions (8.6%), andleg contusions (8.3%) accounted for a substantial portion ofgame injuries.
Data from the National Collegiate Athletic Association Injury Surveillance Program indicate that, among men's sports, the highest injury rates are in football and wrestling. For women, the highest injury rates are in soccer and gymnastics. Estimated injury rates are higher during competition than during practice.
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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.