Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
As the fastest-growing team sport in the U.S. continues to gain momentum, so do the injuries. A new infographic from U.S. Lacrosse takes a closer look at lacrosse injuries. If you have a child in lacrosse (or play yourself), be sure to review these findings so you can stay safe and play smart!
U.S. Lacrosse Center for Sport Science
The Center for Sport Science at U.S. Lacrosse serves as a national hub for the study and improvement of health in lacrosse. According to the organization, they fund numerous research studies annually to learn more about the safety and wellness of lacrosse players. Some of the findings from recent research supported by U.S. Lacrosse is shown below…
- Impact sensors have high numbers of false positives and should be confirmed via video. Only 58% of impacts among high school girls and 65% of impacts among high school boys were confirmed as true impacts.
- The most common impact mechanism among high school girls is stick contact (43.1%), while…
- …the most common impact mechanism among high school boys is player-to-player contact.
- In both boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, midfield players suffered the most impacts.
- Knee and lower leg injuries account for 16% of all injuries among high school boys and 26% of injuries among high school girls.
- Exercises that strengthen specific hip, leg and core muscles reduce the risk of ACL injury. Learn more about how you can prevent ACL injuries.
- The cumulative effect of subconcussive impacts can result in decreased visual performance among men’s college players over the course of one season. While subconcussive impacts are not as dangerous as concussions, these brain injuries do have consequences. Studies have shown that subconcussive impacts can damage memory, attention, brain function, and may even contribute to mood and behavioral problems later in life.
- 31% of youth boys and girls play on more than one lacrosse team in a single season. (Parents, you can encourage your child to diversify and cross-train in sports to strengthen other muscles and develop other athletic abilities, which may reduce risk for certain injuries.)
- 82% of youth boys and girls play at least one other organized sport.
View U.S. Lacrosse’s full infographic below for more information…
Lacrosse Injury? See a Houston Sports Medicine Doctor
For lacrosse injury attention, schedule an appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics. Call (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.