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BEST PRACTICES INJURIES


Minor sprains and bruises are common in the sport of lacrosse. In addition, lacrosse players often strain hamstrings, quadriceps, and groins. Non-contact, ankle and knee ligament sprains, sustained while cutting and dodging occur frequently. Ankle sprains and knee injuries, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears can occur. And, like most athletes, lacrosse players deal with small or nagging injuries, such as shin splints, foot blisters, and abrasions.


Lacrosse is considered a “moderate risk” sport, but serious injuries can – and do – occur. For example, players occasionally suffer head and face injuries, including concussions. These types of injuries are usually the result of body-to-body or body-to-ground contact.


When a player is injured in a game or practice situation, play should be stopped and a trained medical professional should assess the player’s condition. If the injury is considered minor, rest, ice, and elevation usually bring relief to the injured athlete.


For serious injuries, players may need rest and rehabilitation. Players who suffer head injuries and conditions that require surgery should return to play only when they are thoroughly cleared by a medical professional. If a player suffers a relatively minor injury, he or she may be allowed to play or practice with restrictions, depending on the condition.


In lacrosse, as in all other sports, injuries are inevitable. Still there are effective ways to reduce injuries:


Play by the rules. Illegal or “dirty” play can result in injuries.


Discuss goals and health concerns with your coach, trainer, parents, and health provider. Take proactive steps to prevent and treat injuries.


Stay in shape year round. Warm up properly, drink water, and rest after games and practices. Always wear the right equipment. Make sure it fits.


Lacrosse leagues and organizations should prepare plans for medical situations and emergencies. Coaches, assistants, athletes and others involved in the game should be aware of these procedures.


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