Research finds soccer players suffer injuries

September 21, 2010 12:43:24 PM PDT
Recreational soccer may seem like a mild sport compared to others but some new research finds it's far from risk free.

In fact, New Zealand researchers discovered that about half of all community soccer players were injured at least once during the course of a season.

Sprains and strains to the lower limbs sidelined the most players. Many people were hurt as a result of foul play and on average more females suffered injuries than males. But the recreational soccer players were also more likely to be hurt compared to professional soccer players.

There's more on the results in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.