Rylan wrote: offsides wrote:
Rylan wrote:Best part about soccer is that people assume its safer when its dangerous in different ways. Makes me laugh.
Being someone who has never played and knows almost nothing about it, what are the main dangers of soccer?
Lower body injuries are high (knee and ankle especially. Can't name one person I played with that didn't have at least 1 significant injury to either). But, head injuries are also high when competing for aerial balls. Plus, rumor has it that repeatedly heading soccer balls is not very good for the brain either. But, soccer is far more physical than its perceived and parents' that want their kids to play soccer because its "safer" is rather comical.
Soccer is very physical, especially at the high school level. My oldest son played for 10 years, all through HS. My younger son, it's all he plays - for 5 years now.
Elbows, shoulders, body checks, trips, etc. Can be just as bad as hockey, really, except it doesn't have a wall (except for playing indoor).
Now, indoor soccer, I've seen some nasty checks into the boards.