New study shows soaring number of soccer injuries

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(CNN) – Youth soccer has exploded in popularity, with more than three million children playing in leagues today.

But a new study says with those growing numbers, a soaring number of reported injuries has come as well.

According to the report published in the Journal Pediatrics, soccer-related emergency room visits have spiked 111 percent from 1990 to 2014.

Sprains or strains were among the most common injuries, accounting for more than 34 percent of the injuries reported. Fractures, meanwhile represented around 23 percent of the injuries.

Concussions accounted for about 7 percent of the emergency room visits.

But one observer says that rise might not be a bad thing.

Scott Sailor with the Athletic Trainers Association says it’s a sign parents and others are better educated about injuries.

He also says parents should get in the game as far as safety goes as well, recommending they get a good look at the facilities and equipment being used, as well as make sure there’s a plan in case of emergency.

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