Daily Archives: September 24, 2009

College Men’s Lacrosse: San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic Features North Carolina Tar Heels Against Brown Bears On October 10

UNC vs Brown San Francisco Fall Classic 2009Two of the nation’s top NCAA lacrosse programs – the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and the Brown University Bears – will face off in the inaugural San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic, scheduled for Kezar Stadium at 3:00 pm on October 10, 2009.

San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic LogoUNC and Brown’s historic clash at the San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic will feature four All-Americans from the 2009 season. The University of North Carolina will be lead by 1st Team All-American, Junior Attackman Billy Bitter, 3rd Team All-American Senior Midfielder Sean DeLaney, and 3rd Team All-American Junior Defenseman Ryan Flanagan. Brown University’s squad will include Senior Honorable Mention All-American Attackman Thomas Muldoon.

“Billy Bitter is an electric player – one of the elite attackmen in the country,” said Brown head coach Lars Tiffany. “Having the opportunity to play against a high-caliber opponent like Carolina is exactly what we were looking for in a Fall game.”

“The Brown program is returning some great players this year”, continued North Carolina head coach Joe Breschi. “The All-American versus All-American match-up between our Ryan Flanagan and Brown’s Thomas Muldoon will be fun to watch.”

Prior to the start of the competition, free youth clinics will be held for kids 4th – 8th grade, featuring players from the participating teams; and a free coaches clinic will be held for local youth and high school coaches with the coaching staffs from Brown and North Carolina.

100% of the proceeds from the event will go directly to the Bay Area Youth Sports Foundation (BAYS), which works to strengthen programs and organizations that provide opportunities and increase access for low-income youth in the Bay Area to participate in organized sports.


Lacrosse Injuries: Growth Plate Injuries In Young Lacrosse Players Include Shin Splints, Sever’s Disease, Osgood-Schlatter, And “Jumper’s Knee”

David Marshall, MD, Medical Director, Sports Medicine Program, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Clinical Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

David Marshall, MD, Medical Director, Sports Medicine Program, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Clinical Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

Almost 300,000 children play lacrosse, making it one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S. While both boys and girls participate in the sport, the style of play for each gender is different.

Overall, participation in lacrosse is safe and the injury rate among young athletes is actually very low. Because of rules differences for the boys and girls games, some injury patterns in male and female players differ as well.

In the boys game, body checking is allowed. Male lacrosse players wear protective equipment—helmets, facemasks, mouthguards, padded gloves and pads on their shoulders, ribs, arms and elbows.  The goalkeeper is also required to wear a throat protector and chest protector.

Conversely, female lacrosse players wear only mouthguards and eye goggles, as body checking is not allowed. Goaltenders must wear a helmet with face mask, separate throat protector, chest protector, abdominal and pelvic protection, goalie gloves, and leg padding on the shins and thighs.

The most common injuries among boys playing lacrosse are contusions, abrasions, ligament sprains and muscle or tendon strains.  Girls playing lacrosse most often experience facial injuries from being struck by a stick or ball.  All of these injuries can be treated by applying the R.I.C.E. concept (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation).  If swelling is severe, or if there is little improvement after several days of R.I.C.E., the child should see his or her pediatrician.

Other types of injuries are commonly seen in young lacrosse players of both genders. Two of the most prevalent are growth plate injuries and shin splints. Growth plates are the areas of a child’s body, made of cartilage, which either contribute to growing or serve as anchor points for muscles and tendons.

One of the most common growth plate injuries found in young lacrosse players involves inversion or rolling of the ankle.  This motion causes the growth plate to widen.  Treatment calls for the child to wear a cast for 2-3 weeks.

Other growth plate injuries found in lacrosse players involve the knee and heel.  There are two anchor points in the knee—one at the bottom tip of the kneecap and the other  on the top of the shinbone. These growth plates serve as anchor points for the knee tendon and thigh muscles, respectively.  During prolonged running, the muscles and tendons can pull on these growth plates, causing irritation and tiny micro-fractures which result in pain and inflammation.  Injury to the growth plate at the top of the shin bone is known as Osgood-Schlatter Disease, while injury to the bottom of the kneecap is called Sinding-Larsen-Johansson syndrome or “jumper’s knee.”

The growth plate in the heel attaches to the calf muscle and Achilles tendon.  Repetitive running, jumping and cutting can cause a traction injury at the heel, known as Sever’s Disease.  Most growth plate injuries are best treated with rest, ice cup massage, and a 10-14 day course of anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen or naproxen.

Both male and female lacrosse players can also suffer from shin splints, an overuse injury to the inside of the shin.  Shin splints often result in pain while running, and swelling also may be present. Shin splints can be treated with rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medication and correction of pronation (flat feet) if present.

If the measures described above don’t relieve your child’s pain or swelling, consult your pediatrician or a pediatric sports medicine specialist.

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College Lacrosse Recruiting: Non Scholarship NCAA Lacrosse Student-Athletes Bound By Same NCAA Rules As Scholarship Athletes

Are non scholarship athletes bound by the same NCAA rules as scholarship athletes? 

Yes they are! Whether you are a scholarship athlete, or a walk-on candidate, you are bound by the same NCAA rules of eligibility and recruitment. As long as you have the desire to play for an NCAA sponsored college team, you need to abide by certain rules and procedures as you navigate the college search.

 On the other hand, if you wish to play for a college club sport or recreational team (and by the way, there are tremendous opportunity’s out there!) you are not bound by rules that are established by the NCAA.

  Tom Kovic

Best Of Maryland High School Boys Lacrosse: Gilman Greyhounds (Baltimore) Defeated Landon Bears (D.C.) 16-9 In Top Maryland Lacrosse Matchup (Video)

High School Game of the Week took us to Maryland, for the regional clash between the Landon Bears of D.C. and the GIlman Greyhounds of Baltimore. Gilman lived up to their preseason hype, defending their home turf with a 16-9 victory.