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Duke Medicine: Keeping young soccer players healthy

Posted May 23, 2011 8:24 p.m. EDT

Whether you’re a superstar or just starting out, avoiding injuries on the soccer field begins with information.

Parents of young soccer players can take valuable lessons from current trends in soccer injuries, to keep their kids in the game and out of the urgent care waiting room.

There’s been a rise in overuse injuries among kids who start playing competitive soccer at a young age and play year-round, says Duke sports medicine expert Dr. David Berkoff.

“When kids are growing and their muscles are catching up and developing, their bodies can develop weakness or imbalances,” he says.

Find out how to avoid overuse injuries, how to get soccer fit and how to reach Duke Medicine's soccer outreach coordinator in the full article on