Broken Bones and Bruises Rise as Youth Soccer Gets Aggressive

It’s getting rough on the soccer field.

Mac Krause, an 11-year-old defender, recently took an elbow to the head in a championship game and crumpled to the ground. “It looked to be on purpose,” said his father, Michael Krause of Maplewood, N.J. The boy was carried off the field and out of commission for six weeks with a concussion.

Youth soccer participation has surged in the past 25 years, and so has the risk of getting hurt while playing it. A new study of children’s soccer injuriesreleased Monday in the journal Pediatrics found soaring rates of concussions, broken bones, lacerations, torn tendons and ankle sprains since 1990.

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