The popularity of womens’s lacrosse is growing by leaps and bounds and so is the incidence of concussions.
The local high school, Vero Beach High, in the town where I practice in Florida has become a girl’s lacrosse powerhouse winning 5-consecutive state championships. Now it seems that every semi-athletic, little girl in town is playing in hopes of progressing to the VBHS juggernaut.
With increased participation, my office is seeing more lacrosse related injuries especially concussions but interestingly not so much in boys. Concussions are serious brain injuries in anyone but especially in growing brains.
One would think that since boys play a much more physical style of lacrosse we would see exactly the opposite. Then what’s the difference? Boys get hit in the head with lacrosse sticks and balls just like the girls. Simple…Boys wear hard helmets in lacrosse and girls are not allowed to.
I recently viewed an ESPN E:60 episode on the phenomenon or crisis if you will of concussions in girls’ lacrosse. I was concerned with what I saw.