Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
Did you know that lacrosse is the fastest growing team sport in the country? As more high school athletes join lacrosse teams here in Houston and throughout the nation, injury rates also increase.
Top Lacrosse Injuries
According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, these are some of the most common lacrosse injuries…
- Ankle Sprains: Ankle sprains account for 21% of all reported injuries among female lacrosse players and 16% of all reported injuries among male lacrosse players. All coaches and players should be familiar with how to administer basic self-care for ankle sprains. Learn more here.
- Knee Injuries: ACL tears are the leading cause of bench time for both male and female lacrosse players. Learn more about how ACL injuries are diagnosed and treated, as well as what you can do to prevent ACL injuries in lacrosse.
- Muscle Strains: Muscle strains can result in lost time on the field. Groin pulls can be especially problematic for lacrosse players and other athletes who quickly change direction. Learn more here.
- Head/Face Injury (including concussion): As with any contact sport, head and face injuries can are always a concern. Players, coaches and parents should especially be aware of the signs and symptoms of concussion. Recognize that it takes time to return to play after a concussion.
- Shin splints: As any runner knows, shin splints can cause an achy tenderness in the legs that makes running quite painful. For many athletes, the symptoms can be quite similar to that of a stress fracture. Learn more about the difference between these two lower leg injuries.
- Abrasions: Finally, cuts and bruises will happen in just about any lacrosse game. Check out this infographic for some suggestions on how to care for skin injuries while out on the field.
How Can You Prevent Lacrosse Injuries?
While it’s impossible to fully prevent all injuries, some basic precautions may reduce your overall risk:
- Wear the appropriate protective gear and ensure proper fitting.
- Take a break to avoid exhaustion, burnout and extreme fatigue.
- Cross-train. Playing multiple sports and strengthening core muscles can improve your overall strength and enhance your safety.
- Communicate clearly with coaches and trainers about any injuries, questions or concerns.
Schedule With a Houston Sports Medicine Doctor
For other Houston sports medicine needs, schedule an appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics by calling (713) 756-5546. You can also schedule your appointment online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.