Monthly Archives: August 2010
Lacrosse In Hollywood: Brent “Bucky” Gunts Won His 4th Emmy Played For Cornell Men’s Lacrosse From 1970-72 And Won A National Championship
Youth Lacrosse Clinics: Major Lacrosse League (MLL) Chesapeake Bayhawks Held A Clinic On Aug. 29 (Video)
“thebayhawks.com” Lacrosse Clinic held by the MLL Championship BayHawks
Concussions In Lacrosse: After A Second Concussion A Virginia High School Girls Lacrosse Student-Athlete Is Advised To Stop Playing Lacrosse
Sarah Cottrell suffered her first concussion in May 2009. She fell during a game, slamming her head against the ground. When she stood up, she felt dizzy and was pulled from the game. During the next few days, she continued to
have a headache, and also was sensitive to light. The following November, she traveled to Washington, D.C., for a tournament. While Sarah was trying to score a goal, an opponent tried to “check” her by hitting her lacrosse stick against Sarah’s. The stick hit Sarah’s head instead. That time, she blacked out for a couple seconds.
It wasn’t just the dizzying pain that worried Sarah Cottrell when she got whacked in the head with a lacrosse stick during an April game.
She already had suffered two concussions playing lacrosse, and a doctor had advised her to drop the sport if she sustained a third. “I knew if I got hit again, I’d be out for good,” said Cottrell, 17, a Norfolk Academy athlete.
She kept quiet about the injury at first but came clean the next day when she woke up with a headache and nausea. Sure enough, her doctor benched her. That advice is being formalized in new guidelines released today by the country’s leading group of pediatricians.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that youngsters with sport-related concussions be pulled from a game immediately. They should not return to the field that day, even if they feel better, and they should be cleared by a doctor before playing again. The guidelines in the journal Pediatrics also recommend that athletes quit the sport entirely if they sustain multiple concussions or have symptoms – such as headaches, lack of focus or nausea – for more than three months.
Sport concussions have generated a lot of discussion recently. They are of particular concern when children are involved, as their brains are still developing. Long-term effects are not fully understood, but some studies show that repetitive head trauma can lead to problems with focus, memory and learning.
Northern California High School Boys Lacrosse: St. Ignatius Defeated Amador Valley 13-12 During A Scrimmage In 2010 (Video)
This game was technically a scrimmage but was played full speed by both teams. S.I. ended up winning 13-12 in the final seconds of play.
Song used” P.O.D.- Boom
“Pay To Play” In Lacrosse: Charging Participation Fees Is “Unconstitutional” But How Else To Fund Lacrosse Programs In High School?
“It’s almost a fear of, if you don’t pay you don’t play,” McAllister said. “That pay-to-play is really abhorrent to a lot of people.”
The California Constitution weighs in on the issue, stating that the “constitutional right of free access encompasses all educational activities, whether curricular or extra-curricular, and regardless of whether credit is awarded for the educational activity. The right of free access also prohibits mandated purchases of materials, supplies, equipment or uniforms associated with the activity …”
Affluent families are willing to pay to have their children participate in classes and activities that expand their resumes and enhance the high school experience – sometimes forking over thousands of dollars. The idea that the lacrosse team can no longer charge for uniforms and coaches’ salaries, or that girls basketball can only subsist on voluntary donations, may mean an end to the programs altogether unless creative ways can be found to salvage the programs. And that possibility causes many students and their parents to lash out at the messenger. But ensuring equity is paramount. Should talented soccer players or gifted artists who, because of an inability to pay, be prohibited from developing their skills and reaching their full potential in the one institution in our society – public education – that purports to provide every child equal opportunity? Public education cannot solve the chronic problems of poverty and discrimination in society. But it is the one hope, perhaps our last hope, to level the playing field for those kids who have never received the kinds of advantages the middle and upper classes in our country often take for granted.
From the August issue and Maverik University series, pro lax star Paul Rabil talks GBs.