If your children play soccer, as millions of other kids do nationwide, then you need the latest tips on keeping them safe on the field. Mouth guards, for example, can reduce the risk for orofacial and dental injuries.

Each year, emergency rooms treat nearly 80,000 children between 5 and 24 years of age for soccer-related injuries, according to federal government statistics. A new study conducted by The American Journal of Sports Medicine tracked nearly 1.6 million soccer injuries among children 2 to 18 years of age in a 13-year period, using emergency room reports around the country. The most common injuries among girls were sprained ankles, knee injuries, scrapes, bruises, and fractures. Boys, on the other hand, were more likely to have face, head, and neck injuries.