Athletic Training Corner

Welcome to the Athletic Training Corner. Here you will find information on pertinent topics related to athletic injuries and/or performance. This information is updated monthly by Thompson Health's athletic training staff.

Each month’s topic will be relevant to the types of sports going on at the time.

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Lacrosse Injuries

Lacrosse player

Lacrosse is America’s oldest and fastest growing team sport. Due to its combination of speed, change of direction, and contact it makes for a unique set of injury mechanisms and types.

Girls and boys lacrosse differ greatly in equipment, rules, and style of play.

Common Injuries

Majority of injuries are minor strains, sprains, and bruises. However, more serious injuries can occur.

  • Non-contact, ankle and knee sprains
  • ACL injuries
  • Quadand Hamstring Strains
  • Headand Face Injuries
  • Shin splints
  • Abrasions
  • Commotio Cordis (Rare, but can occur)

How to prevent injuries

Know the Rules / Respect the game

Boys Lax is a skill and finesse game and there is no place for unprotected hits
For girls there should be very little contact

Maintain Open Communication

In regards to injuries it is important to have good communication between the athlete, coach, parents, athletic trainers and physicians.

Be Proactive in your Conditioning

It is important to stay in shape year round. Also important to gradually increase work load and take part in a proper warm up / cool down.

Wear the Right Equipment

Make sure to wear all required equipment and that it fits properly and is in good working order

Take a Break

Athletes should have at least 1-2 days a week and 1-2 months per year away from Lacrosse. This will help to limit injuries and avoid burnout.

Report Injuries

It is important to report injuries when they occur. This can help minor injuries from becoming more serious and decrease the amount of time missed.

Have a Plan

Make sure you have an emergency medical plan (EMP) in place and that the athletes receive injury prevention education.

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