The Center for Sport Science at US Lacrosse serves as a national hub for the study and improvement of health in lacrosse, and funds numerous research studies annually to learn more about the safety and wellness of lacrosse players.
Selected findings from the research can be reviewed on this infographic, and include some of the following:
• 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.
• The most common impact mechanism among high school boys is player-to-player contact.
• 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.
• The cumulative effect of subconcussive impacts can result in decreased visual performance among men’s college players over the course of one season.
• 82% of youth boys and girls play at least one other organized sport.