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

erall 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

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