Lacrosse Injuries

Lacrosse! The most interesting game for some people like myself. Lacrosse is the oldest and currently fastest growing team sport. Played by both boys and girls of all ages, it is a fast paced, free flowing game. Its combination of speed, quick change of directions, stick, ball, and contract that make for a unique set of injury mechanisms and types.

Though sharing general concepts of play , girls and boys lacrosse are different with regard to allow contact, mandated protective equipment, and injury epidemiology. For girls, intentional body to body contact is not legal  and stick checking must be directed away from an opponent’s heads and body toward the pocketed end of the stick only. Protective goggles and mouth pieces are mandatory, with lightweight gloves and soft headgear optional. Boys lacrosse is a higher contact sport which requires the mandatory using helmets with full face guards, shoulder, padded gloves, and mouth pieces and suggested use of elbow pads and protective genital cups.

What are the common lacrosse injuries

Overall lacrosse is a moderate risk sport in which the vast majority of injuries are minor sprains, and bruises. However, more significant injuries can occur. As players prepare for their season, it’s important to set both position and season goals with their coaches before they train. Because men’s and women’s rules differ significantly and because injuries and demand may differ by position, It’s important for players for player participate in an individualized training program that can lessen the risk of common injuries in lacrosse and boost conditions. Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sport in the United States, and head injuries a common risk associated with the sport.

Common lacrosse injuries include:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Head and face contusion
  • Concussions
  • Wrist fractures
  • Hip flexor sprains
  • Low back pain

In lacrosse, injuries and conditioning depend on what position you play. For example, an attacker will need to train with more quick and explosive movement, while a midfielder will need to perform more endurance activities for the increased amount of running the position requires.

Other injuries may be more serious, and require a longer period of rest and rehabilitation. These athletes may be allowed to participate with modifications, depending on the risk for re-injury. In the most severe cases, surgery may be required. All head injuries should be thoroughly evaluated. Athletes should return to play only after appropriate physician evaluation, on a graduated schedule, and only when completey symptom free.

Preventing lacrosse injuries

Every season must come to an end, In order to stay in shape and avoid injury. It is important to participate in a conditioning program even during the off season. Some helpful conditioning exercises include:

  • Starting from one end line, sprint to the closest restraining line and back.
  • Sprint from the line to the midfield line and back.
  • Sprint to the opposite restraining line and back.
  • Sprint to the opposite end line and back

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