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Archive for June 15, 2007

June 15, 2007 — Inside the Journal of Athletic Training, part 12: women’s soccer

Twelfth of 14 parts.

Today’s installment in examining the individual studies in the June 2007 edition of the Journal of Athletic Training concerns a sport with nationwide growth in recent decades: women’s soccer.

Women’s soccer

Main results: Injury rates in games are three times that of practices, with 70 percent of competition injuries involving knees and ankles. The severe injuries that led to the loss of 10 or more days were found in the knee, ankle ligaments, and in concussions.

Recommendations: Further investigation and study of current injuries, and unspecified preventative measures are recommended.

What the study directors missed: The role of eating disorders on the stability and nutrition of female athletes.

What the study directors underreported: The possible corrective nature (or unintended consequences) of headgear such as Full 90.

Equipment recommendations made: Unspecified preventative measures.

Equipment recommendations not made: Safe goalposts, padded headgear.