Studies Show Impact of Sports On Young Athletes

A couple of new studies show the impact of sports on young athletes.

First off, researchers found high school girl lacrosse players have a higher rate of injury to the head, face, and eyes than their male counterparts.

It is important to note however, this information was collected before female lacrosse players were required to wear protective eyewear.

Researchers say the hard rubber ball used in the game can travel up to 60MPH in women's lacrosse and up to 90MPH in the men's game.

Also, a nationwide review of injuries in soccer players found girls again appear to get hurt more often.

However, boys are twice as likely to be hospitalized with those injuries.

Overall, girls sustained more ankle and knee injuries than boys and were more likely to have sprains or strains.

Concussion was the most common injury overall in players 15 to 18-years-old.

Very young players most often had injuries to the face, head, and neck.


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