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Soccer: The Game


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Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. Eleven players on each team control a ball with their feet, chests and heads in attempts to advance down a field and score goals, or defend their own goal. Sixteen million kids participated in soccer (indoors and outdoors) in 2006.

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NFHS launches new
Coach Education Program

Ten Signs of a good sports program
By: Brooke de Lench

Asthma Shouldn't Rule Out
Kids from Sports
By: Brooke de Lench

Antibiotic-Resistant Skin Infections
In Athletes On The Rise, Officials Say
By: Lindsay Barton

Caution for Improperly Equipped Players

Hazing: A Ritual Undermining Performance
By Dr. Keith A. Wilson

Eating For Your Child's Sport
By Suzanne Nelson, .Sc.D, RD

Soccer is the fifth-most popular sport for boys and girls at the high school level. According to the 2005-06 High School Athletics Participation Survey, 358,935 boys are involved in soccer and 321,555 girls participate in the sport.

Editor In Chief Speaks Out

Brooke deLench I recently received an e-mail from a Florida father whose 10-year-old daughter suffered a severe gash to her forehead when she collided with the sharp metal edge of a soccer goalpost in a U10 game at Disney's Wide World of Sports?Complex in Orlando, Florida. When her father asked the Florida Youth Soccer Association to require padded goalposts to eliminate such injuries in the future, he was told that such a change was not sanctioned by FIFA, soccer's governing body. It is time for FIFA to change its stance on padded goalposts in youth soccer More >>

By Dr. Keith Wilson

Pointing Madmen

I am often asked what it really looks like when parents get stuck in the Intensity Web. The following examples shows how parents can get caught up in their children's soccer game and lose focus, dramatically increasing the chances that they will act in ways that do not reflect their values.
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Beginning with the 2007-08 soccer season, if a player enters the game improperly equipped, and it is discovered by an official, the coach will be cautioned (yellow card).

This addition to Rule 4-3 was one of four major rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee at its January 28-29 meeting in Indianapolis. The rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. More >>

Soccer Family

Here's what every community needs to know in order to save lives of victims in Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
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By Connie Harvey

Each year, about 400 children and adults in the U.S. are struck by lightning while working outside, at sports events, on the beach, mountain climbing, mowing the lawn or during other outdoor activities. More >>

Soccer PlayersTwo new studies suggest that heading in soccer may result in weaker mental performance, including a decline in cognitive function, difficulty in verbal learning, planning and maintaining attention and reduced information processing speed. More >>

6-Year Olds Death Highlights Dangers Posed By Soccer Goalposts

Safety Tip: From The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Tips To Prevent Soccer Injuries: Each year, more than 477,500 soccer-related injuries are treated. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers the following tips to prevent soccer injuries:
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by Lindsay Barton

What youth sports have the most mouth injuries? If you answered football or hockey, you would be wrong! Because the use of mouth guards in youth and high school football, lacrosse, and ice hockey has been mandatory since the early 1970's, these sports have experienced a dramatic decline in the number of dental and jaw injuries. More >>

by Lindsay Barton

Good sportsmanship and winning can go hand in hand. Just ask Dr. Peter Hantzis, head soccer coach for Woburn High School (Massachusetts). Before the 1997 season, Dr. Hantzis told his players that anyone receiving a yellow card would sit on the bench for the rest of the game. No exceptions. More >>

For a complete list of Articles on Soccer, click here.

By Lindsay Barton

Soccer GoalieChances are, if you have watched more than a few youth soccer games, you have seen a player
injured in a collision with the goalpost. In fact, goalies suffer a disproportionate number
of injuries compared to those playing other positions. More >>

Nearly 5 million children in this country suffer from asthma. Without immediate treatment to keep a child's airways from constricting, asthma can be fatal.

Even if only mildly asthmatic, a child can suffer a fatal asthma attack playing sports. A report in the February 2004 issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that More >>

According to a study reported in the February 2007 issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine, youth soccer players (ages 2 to 18) suffer around 120,000 injuries each year sufficiently serious to require a trip to a hospital emergency room. The total number of soccer-related injuries, including those treated outside of a hospital ER, is estimated to be nearly 500,000 per year. More >>


By Lindsay Barton

A new Canadian study suggests that the symptoms of depression some athletes experience after a concussion may result from physical changes in their brains caused by the concussions themselves. More >>

Vernon Hills, Illinois - Soccer players across the country will be safer thanks to a national public awareness initiative focusing on safe soccer goals called Anchored for Safety. More >>

By Robert C. Cantu, M.D.

Dr. CantuTeam physicians, athletic trainers, and other personnel responsible for the medical care of athletes face no more challenging problem than the recognition and management of concussions. More >>

One of the great things about youth soccer is that it isn't an expensive sport. Here is what your child will need.
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By Lindsay Barton

Team Huddled Around Coach New Generation More and more moms are coaching youth sports than ever before, according to a three yearlong MomsTeam?survey. More >>

NORTH PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - It's all about team and extreme. That's one way to summarize the main athletic interests of American children today. According to SGMA, nine of the top 15 sports for U.S. children are either team sports or extreme/action activities. More >>

Youth Sports News

Critical Cardiac Information

I am often asked what it really looks like when parents get stuck in the Intensity Web. The following examples shows how parents can get caught up in their children's soccer game and lose focus, dramatically increasing the chances that they will act in ways that do not reflect their values.
More >>

Boy soccer players are injured more frequently than girls but girls suffer more ankle and knee injuries than boys. More >>

By Christina Walton

Muddy Soccer BoyHe wanted my best player off the field. He screamed insults at me, said that my player "dominated." He said I just wanted to win, and he bad-mouthed me to the parents. "HE" was the coach of the purple team and I was the coach of the white team in the Saltfleet Go-Ahead Soccer League (Mini-Under 5 Division). It was our second game of the season. More >>

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