With fall soccer seasons now getting underway in the U.S. it’s important to note that upper extremity injuries happen more often than you probably think. Published studies in all age groups, including adults, show injury rates in the upper extremities at about 20% of all injuries.
In some ways the upper extremity injuries tend to be more “serious” than lower extremity injuries, with a large percentage of fractures (broken bones) and dislocations. Many will require urgent treatment in the emergency department. The overwhelming majority occurs from falls rather than player to player contact.