Beckham Arrives

Move over baseball, here comes David Beckham. In case you hadn’t heard, one of the world’s leading footballers (I mean soccer players) arrived in Los Angeles last night and will be officially introduced as an LA Galaxy player today. Beckham has his work cut out. The stats show that soccer, with an estimated 14 million participants, lags behind other sports in the U.S. in terms of participation rates. However, injury rates tell a different story. According to a CDC-sponsored study, boys’ (2.43 injuries per 1,000 athlete exposures) and girls’ (2.36) soccer had the third and fourth highest injury rates among nine high school sports in the 2005-2006 school year. In each sport, the injury rate was higher in competition than practice settings. For more on sports participation and injuries, check out I.I.I. facts & stats.

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