Knee Pain in Youth Soccer Players

Catherine Logan

December 3rd, 2019

Factors Associated With Knee Pain and Heel Pain in Youth Soccer Players Aged 8 to 12 Years

SourceOJSM, first published November 20, 2019

Clinical Question: To determine relationship between clinical factors and knee or heel pain in youth soccer players

Bottom Line:  Knee pain was associated with older age and more years of play, but heel pain was no significantly associated with any factor.

Points to Consider: Cross-sectional study; level 3 evidence. 602 players, aged 8 to 12. Data was collected on BMI, years of play, playing position and training hours per week.

Takeaway: Knee and heel pain was reported by 29.4% and 31.1% of players, respectively. Factors such as BMI, position and hours per week was NOT significantly associated with knee or heel pain.

About the Author:
Catherine A. Logan, MD, MBA, MSPT is a sports medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon and writer. Based in Denver, CO, she is an attending at Colorado Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics at Rose Medical Center. Dr. Logan is the Head League Physician for Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) member of the team physician pool for the US Ski & Snowboard teams each year. Dr. Logan completed her Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program and her Sports Medicine Fellowship training at the prestigious Steadman Philippon Research Institute/The Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO. Logan is also on the board of The Chill Foundation.