Daily Archives: September 21, 2008

Women’s Lacrosse Injuries: “Compartment Syndrome” Is A Repetitive Stress Injury Effecting Multi-Sport Athletes


 “She suffered from pain in both legs while playing lacrosse last spring and eventually was diagnosed with compartment syndrome, a condition that results when pressure within the muscles builds to dangerous levels. This prevents nourishment from reaching nerve and muscle cells.”


http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/highschool/bal-va.ha.profile21sep21,0,2583900,print.story

Jen Zoltoski is expected to make her 2008 soccer debut in the coming days. It will be an emotional and satisfying moment for the John Carroll senior.

Zoltoski, who plays defense, had to recover from surgery on both legs this summer. She suffered from pain in both legs while playing lacrosse last spring and eventually was diagnosed with compartment syndrome, a condition that results when pressure within the muscles builds to dangerous levels. This prevents nourishment from reaching nerve and muscle cells.

A surgical procedure was done on both legs in the summer, and Zoltoski then worked hard to rehabilitate and get ready for this year. She’s headed to Richmond to play lacrosse next year, but didn’t want to sit and watch her senior seasons pass by.

This will be her third year on the John Carroll varsity. Zoltoski also played on the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference indoor soccer championship team last winter.

When did you first realize that you had a problem with your legs?

It was probably in the beginning of lacrosse season, around February. When I was running, in the first eight minutes or so, I would get this intense pain in both of my legs. It kept happening. At first, I thought it was from changing surfaces, going from playing [soccer] inside to being outside. But it wouldn’t go away.

Did you play the whole outdoor season?

Yes, I played it. They switched me from midfield to defense. I was lucky enough to be able to play through the pain. I wanted to be on the field because I love playing lacrosse, and it wasn’t easy to sit back and watch. I’d rather be helping my team.

Tell me about the decision to have the surgery.

My options were either to sit out like a year or two and see if it got better, or just to quit sports altogether, which I couldn’t imagine doing. So I played lacrosse in the summer for the recruiting season, and then had the surgery in July as soon as that season was over.

What was the procedure that was done?

Basically, it was a release surgery, so there’s three incisions on each of my legs. They split the sheathing around my muscle on each leg. There’s four compartments there, so they had to release all of them. I was kind of in an Ace bandage thing, and I couldn’t walk for a week on each leg. It was an outpatient thing.

Were you worried that you might lose some speed or quickness on the field?

Yes, definitely. I’m going to physical therapy three times a week. I’ve just been really working hard to get that back. I want to be just as strong and fast as I was. Right now, I think I’m doing really well. I think I’m making really good progress. They didn’t think, at first, that I’d be ready to play this soccer season, but I guess I’ve worked very hard and am happy that I’ll be back.

How is your speed and quickness at this point?

Right now, I’d say it’s about 75-80 percent, but I’m working every day to get it back. But I’m pretty sure that I’ll be back to 100 percent in the next couple of weeks.

How much support have teammates and coaches and friends given you and how has that helped?

There’s been so much. I don’t think I could have gotten through this without my teammates, friends and family. It’s been really hard, and whenever I’m down on myself, they bring me back up, and it’s great having them surrounding me.

USC VS UCLA Is A Lacrosse Rivalry Too


Year-by-Year Results

 

Year Winner UCLA USC Site Notes
1976 UCLA n/a n/a n/a USC founds team. UCLA emerges victorious in the inaugural game. The exact score remains unknown.
1976 USC n/a n/a n/a In the second battle of ’76, the Trojans even the score.
1977 UCLA n/a n/a n/a n/a
1977 UCLA n/a n/a n/a n/a
1978 UCLA n/a n/a n/a n/a
1978 UCLA n/a n/a n/a n/a
1979 UCLA 14 8 UCLA IM Field Freshman Karl Tunberg scores 5 goals. UCLA finishes 3rd in CCLA.
1992 n/a n/a n/a UCLA NAF Game cancelled by USC.  Ruled “No Contest”.
1995 UCLA N/A N/A USC Score is unknown.
1999 UCLA 13 6 UCLA USC restarts team, competes as an independent. UCLA reaches WCLL South Semifinals.
2000 UCLA 21 4 USC UCLA ranked 16th in USLIA Final Poll reaches WCLL South Semis. USC joins WCLL B Division.
2001 UCLA 14 5 UCLA NAF UCLA reaches WCLL South Semis.
2002 UCLA 7 3 USC Soccer Field USC wins WCLL Division II Championship. UCLA ranked 18th in Final USLIA Poll reaches WCLL South Semis.
2003 UCLA 5 4 UCLA NAF USC joins the WCLL Division I. Lowest combined score in history.
2004 UCLA 13 6 USC Track Stadium Last game of the season for both teams.
2005 USC 5 7 UCLA IM Field First night lacrosse game in UCLA History. First USC win since program restarted.
2006 UCLA 11 8 USC Track Stadium UCLA reaches WCLL Quarterfinals.
2007 USC 7 11 UCLA IM Field After USC storms out to a 9-1 start, UCLA’s second half rally falls short.
2008 USC 12 13 USC Track Stadium The Bruins’ 4 goal lead disappears in the second half. 8 different Bruins tally goals.

All Time Record vs. Southern California: 14-4

#Note: USC did not field a men’s lacrosse team until the 1976 season 

*Note: In the years 1976-1978 UCLA and USC played each other twice during the CLA Southern Division (collegiate division) 

Conference regular season, home and away.  UCLA Recreation Department records indicate wins and losses.  However, the scores of those games are lost. 

^Note: USC did not field a WCLL affiliated team during the years 1986-1991, 1993-1994, 1996-1998