Daily Archives: August 23, 2010

Lacrosse Injury Prevention: Only One-Third Of High School Athletic Programs Have A Regularly Assigned Athletic Trainer

A four-month Scripps Howard News Service review found that for every high school that has one or more athletic trainers regularly assigned to the training room, two other schools rely on a patchwork of coaches trained in first

Tommy Mallon and Riki Kirchoff, athletic trainer at Santa Fe Christian High School in San Diego, shown while the injured lacrosse player was still wearing a brace to protect his fractured neck. Mallon and his family are convinced that Kirchoff saved him from paralysis or death by not letting him move after he was injured in a collision during his final high school game. The Mallon family founded an advocacy group that promotes having an athletic trainer in every high school. Photo courtesy of Beth Mallon.

aid and part-time athletic trainers, nurses, emergency medical technicians or team doctors.

As Beth Mallon of San Diego knows, this distinction could mean life or death.

Mallon’s son, Tommy, broke his neck in a collision during his final high-school lacrosse game as a senior at Santa Fe Christian in May 2009.

He wanted to get up off the field. But athletic trainer Riki Kirchoff wouldn’t let him move and called for a backboard.

“That saved his life,” said Mallon, whose family has set up an advocacy group for injured athletes. “It maintained the integrity of the fracture and it didn’t kill him or paralyze him. There couldn’t be better testimony for having athletic trainers in all high schools.”

Nine months earlier, in Louisville, Ky., there was no athletic trainer at Pleasure Ridge Park High School when 15-year-old Max Gilpin collapsed, suffering from apparent heat stroke, as the team ran sprints at the end of football practice. He died three days later.

The coaches who cared for Gilpin had little training in heat illness and didn’t use a whirlpool and ice available in the locker room to cool him.

For more:  http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2010/aug/22/athletic-trainer-series-one-three-us-schools-lacks/

Best Of California High School Boys Lacrosse: Amador Valley Boys Lacrosse Defeated Foothill (Pleasonton) 8-7 On April 20, 2010 (Video)

Game 1 of Amador Valley against crosstown rivals Foothill. Amador won 8-7.


Major League Lacrosse (MLL): Chesapeake Bayhawks Vs. Boston Cannons In Semifinal Game Aug. 21 (Video)

Major League Lacrosse Semi Finals Cannons at BayHawks 8/21/10 only on iLacrosse Television

Lacrosse Techniques: “Extreme Closeup Of A Major League Lacrosse Face Off In Slow Motion” (Video)

Extreme Closeup of a Professional Lacrosse Face Off in Slow Motion on iLacrosse Television