Injuries associated with soccer goalposts--United States, 1979-1993

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1994 Mar 11;43(9):153-5.


Injuries associated with sports can be related to a variety of factors, including participant's level of conditioning or training, failure to use safety equipment, contact, overexertion, difficulty in conducting the task required, mismatch in skill or size between players, and adverse environmental conditions. A rare but often fatal event is a blow caused by a falling soccer goalpost resulting from improper installation or use. From 1979 through 1993, 27 persons were injured or killed from falling soccer goalposts. This report describes three (two fatal) injuries associated with soccer goalposts and summarizes an analysis of all fatal and nonfatal soccer goalpost-related injuries reported in the United States to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) during 1979-1993.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology
  • Athletic Injuries / etiology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Equipment Failure
  • Equipment Safety*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Soccer / injuries*
  • United States / epidemiology