Navigation Links
Injuries on the Increase in High School Lacrosse, Study Shows
Date:7/22/2014

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High school lacrosse players are facing an increasing number of injuries during practices as well as games, a new study finds.

Although the most common injuries are sprains and strains, more than 22 percent are concussions, researchers report. They note a better understanding of why these injuries are happening could lead to better ways to protect student athletes.

"Concern over concussions in both boys' and girls' lacrosse underscores the need to learn more about these injuries," said study co-author Dawn Comstock in a University of Colorado news release. She is an associate professor of epidemiology for the pediatric injury prevention, education and research program at the Colorado School of Public Health.

More than 170,000 high school students play lacrosse. Using data from the U.S. National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance System, researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health and the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found these athletes suffered about 1,400 injuries from 2008 to 2012. Overall, there were 20 injuries for every 10,000 games and practices.

"Lacrosse is becoming more and more popular across the United States, and it's a great way for high school students to be active," study co-author Lara McKenzie, lead investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy and an associate professor at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, said in the news release. "Still, we see injuries in the sport every day during the season. Our research shows that we need to do more, and can do more, to prevent those injuries."

The findings were published online July 22 in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Gender played a role in the number and type of injuries sustained by high school lacrosse players, the researchers found.

Boys sustained 67 percent of all injuries and had an overall higher injury rate than girls. Of these injuries, roughly 36 percent were sprains and strains and 22 percent were concussions.

Body contact, which is only allowed in boys' lacrosse, caused 74 percent of concussions and 41 percent of injuries overall.

Among the girls who played high school lacrosse, nearly 44 percent of injuries were sprains and strains. Concussions accounted for 23 percent of all injuries sustained by girls. The most common cause of these injuries was a foot pivot that resulted in a pulled muscle and contact with equipment.

Being hit in the head with lacrosse sticks or balls caused 63 percent of concussions overall, the researchers noted. Although boys' lacrosse requires that players wear helmets, most high school girls' teams only make players wear protective eyewear and mouth guards. The researchers said their findings could fuel the debate over whether all high school lacrosse players should be required to wear helmets.

The researchers offered several tips for coaches and parents to help reduce the number of lacrosse injuries:

  • Be sure all rules are followed, particularly those that limit contact among players.
  • Learn to recognize the symptoms of concussion. Any player who may have a concussion should stop playing and receive immediate medical attention.
  • Make sure all equipment and protective gear fits properly.
  • Be sure to have players warm up before games and practice, and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Be prepared. Establish an emergency action plan that details how sports injuries will be handled.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more information on concussion in sports.

SOURCE: University of Colorado Denver, news release, July 22, 2014

--


'/>"/>
Copyright©2014 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. High school lacrosse players at risk of concussions other injuries
2. New study finds high school lacrosse players at risk for concussions, other injuries
3. Burn Injuries More Common in Summer
4. Trucking Accident Injuries And Death Scrutinized By The Jones Firm In Recent Article
5. As World Cup Comes to an End, Injuries are Star of the Show
6. Veterans with muscle injuries and mental health conditions more likely to end service
7. Social workers can help patients recover from mild traumatic brain injuries
8. Model sheds new light on sports-related brain injuries
9. New study finds 2.5 million basketball injuries to high school athletes in 6 seasons
10. Changes in processing, handling could reduce commercial fishing injuries
11. Young athletes from higher income families more likely to suffer serious overuse injuries
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Injuries on the Increase in High School Lacrosse, Study Shows
(Date:2/5/2016)... Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... Activz Whole-Food Nutrition , announced that the much-anticipated feature with author Jahnavi Foster, ... Really Cool Humans Amateur TV Network. , Each week, on his weekly Whole-Food Warrior ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... addition of micro-needling services in their Napa Valley office. The technique utilizes the ... Surgery Associates, Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas, are part of only a select ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Miami, Florida (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 ... ... largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the ... services – is poised to once again host, Swirl, A Wine Tasting Event ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Regular gym users know the ... to wait longer to access the treadmills. It’s a predictable trend. After the excesses ... weight and get in shape by joining gyms, starting new walking or running routines, ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... , ... At its annual meeting held last week, the American Parkinson Disease ... of Directors. Mr. McDermott succeeds former APDA Chairman, Fred Greene. , "We are pleased ... APDA President and CEO. “Pat has tirelessly served APDA since 2001 when he was ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/4/2016)... , Feb. 4, 2016  Edwards Lifesciences Corporation ... innovations for structural heart disease and critical care monitoring, ... share repurchase (ASR) agreement with Morgan Stanley & Co. ... This repurchase is part of the Company,s previously authorized ... Company,s common stock.  --> ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... , Feb. 4, 2016   Bernstein Liebhard LLP ... filed in the United States District Court for the District ... class (the "Class") consisting of all persons or entities who ... "Company") (NASDAQ: INSY ) from March 3, 2015 through ... and certain of its officers with violations of the Securities ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... N.J. , Feb. 4, 2016  Montoya Love ... Professional in the field of Pharmaceuticals. Montoya is the ... Manufacturing ... supplies, Becton Dickinson provides healthcare institutions, clinical ... equipment throughout fifty countries across the globe. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: