Daily Archives: December 8, 2010

Concussions In Lacrosse: New Study From Ohio State College Of Medicine Cites Different Symptoms For Concussions For Male And Female Student-Athletes With “Ongoing Neurocognitive Assessments” Necessary

Male and female U.S. high school athletes present different types of symptoms after experiencing a sport-related concussion, researchers say.

“Physicians, athletic trainers, coaches and parents should understand that each symptom of a possible concussion must be evaluated, monitored and fully resolved, before an athlete returns to play…”

Study author R. Dawn Comstock, an associate professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, says:

  • More than 7 million U.S. high school students participate in organized interscholastic athletics each year
  • High school athletes sustain an average of 21 percent of the estimated 1.6 million to 3.8 million sport-related concussions that occur annually.
  • More than 5 percent of all high school athletes who participate in football, lacrosse, hockey and other contact sports suffer a concussion each year.
  • Males participate in sports at a higher rate than females — in 2008, 41 percent of high school athletes were female — yet female athletes are more likely to suffer sport-related concussions.

Athletes often reported different types of symptoms, depending on their gender. Males reported amnesia and confusion/disorientation more frequently than females, while females reported more drowsiness and greater sensitivity to noise than males.

“Physicians, athletic trainers, coaches and parents should understand that each symptom of a possible concussion must be evaluated, monitored and fully resolved, before an athlete returns to play,” Comstock says in a statement. “Ongoing neurocognitive assessments, balance measurements, symptoms, a physical examination and other criteria can be used collectively to evaluate concussions and ensure an athlete is ready to return to the playing field.”

The findings are scheduled to be published in the January issue of the Journal of Athletic Training and presented at the Youth Sports Safety Summit in Washington.

For more:  http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2010/12/08/Concussion-symptoms-differ-between-sexes/UPI-50971291784455/

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Makes An Impact In Central Ohio By Volunteering Over 250 Hours Of Community Service

“Our men have volunteered over 250 hours in the Columbus community so far this year supporting eight different organizations,” Dave Dobbins, Ohio State assistant coach and the team’s community service coordinator, said. “It is great to see the men building relationships with organizations we have been involved with for few years now so they can see the impact they are having and how appreciative the community is.”

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team continues to make an impact in the community. During the fall, the program has volunteered more than 250 hours in the Central Ohio area, serving with eight different organizations, working with groups as varied as school children, veterans and food banks.

The Ohio State Men's Lacrosse team gives JJ a new stick.

The team’s service started early, as JJ Snider was adopted into the Buckeye Lacrosse Family through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization formed in 2005 that improves the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families. JJ and his family visited practice and the team’s banquet, while the players and staff also spent time with JJ away from campus, cheering him on at his flag football games and visiting with him at the hospital.

The team supported current and former service members, working with Operation Buckeye and the Honor Flight Reunion. With Operation Buckeye the team helped pack and send care packages to troops overseas and also participated in the Veteran’s Day parade to promote Operation Buckeye’s cause. At the Honor Flight Reunion the team members greeted the World War II veterans and helped escort both the veterans and their families into the event.

Volunteer hours have also been spent at Ronald McDonald House sorting donations and cleaning the facility and with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank packing supplies to ship to food pantries.

The Buckeyes worked with the Second and 7 Foundation to promote literacy in Columbus Schools by reading to third graders throughout the quarter.

When the team returns to campus in January, their volunteer hours will continue to climb, as the squad will carry on its work across the community.

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Air Force Men’s Lacrosse Features Brothers Dayton And Bryan Gilbreath Who Anchor Falcons’ Defense, Both Honored As Preseason 2011 “All-ECAC” First Team

For the second straight season, two Air Force lacrosse players were named to the Preseason All-ECAC team, announced by the league on Tuesday morning.

Brothers Bryan and Dayton Gilbreath were named to the team as defensive selections.

Air Force Defenseman Dayton Gilbreath (Jr., Bainbridge Island, WA)

Dayton Gilbreath was named the 2011 preseason Defensive Player of the Year.



The Gilbreath brothers, natives of Bainbridge Island, Wash., are the backbone of the Falcons’ defensive unit. Dayton, currently a junior, has been a first-team all-conference selection on defense in each of his first two years, earning the honor as a member of the GWLL in 2009 and the ECAC in 2010. He was also named the GWLL Newcomer of the Year in his rookie season.

Air Force Defenseman Bryan Gilbreath (Sr., Bainbridge Island, WA)

Meanwhile, Bryan is a senior who has seen time at both the long-stick midfield and close defense positions. He was named a second-team all-conference selection as an LSM in each of the past two seasons (GWLL in 2009, ECAC in 2010). In 2010, Bryan ranked ninth in the nation in caused turnovers per game with 2.0, while ranking 16th in ground balls per contest (5.07).

For more:  http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-lacros/spec-rel/120710aaa.html

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Ranks Denver Men’s Lacrosse As Preseason #1 With Jr. Attacker Mark Matthews Voted Offensive Player Of The Year