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Lacrosse Injuries: “Dr. James Andrews Targets Youth Sports Injuries” Article Discusses “Overuse Prevention” And Importance Of Avoiding “Sport Specialization” Until Senior Year In High School


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Lacrosse Injury Prevention: US Lacrosse Releases “How To Make Proper Contact In Men’s & Boys Lacrosse” Online Instructional Course (Video)


US Lacrosse BannerThe US Lacrosse new online instructional course, How to Make Proper Contact in Men’s & Boys’ Lacrosse, is available free of charge to all of its members at uslacrossecourses.org.

After several years of development and collaboration with professionals in martial arts, gymnastics and other contact sports, US Lacrosse has developed the course to help reduce the number of injuries resulting from illegal and hard hits by teaching proper technique to deliver and receive contact in men’s and boys’ lacrosse.

The course, featuring host Sam Bradman (LXM Pro Tour), is a valuable resource for coaches, players, parents and officials. It navigates the user through nine units of written and video instruction, graphs, drills and other US Lacrosse resources for members to use and refer to as often as needed. The units cover a range of topics including: what is making contact in lacrosse, age-appropriate contact, injuries and contact, receiving contact, making contact, and more.

Find out more at USLacrosse.org.

Concussions In Lacrosse: Maryland Classifies Boys Lacrosse As A “Collision Sport”; Will Limit “Full-Contact” Practices, “Live Checking” Before Games


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Injuries In Lacrosse: US Lacrosse Endorses “Youth Sports Concussion Act”, Congressional Legislation That Increases Disclosure Of “Protective Benefits And Limitations Of Sports Equipment”


“US Lacrosse supports efforts, such as the Youth Sports Concussion Act, which seek to increase the accountability of sporting goods Concussion Legislationmanufacturers to accurately represent the protective benefits and limitations of equipment to mitigate injury and risk,” said Ann Carpenetti, managing director of game administration at US Lacrosse. “We have invested extensively in the area of injury research and prevention in the sport of lacrosse, and having sport specific equipment that performs to meet a protective standard is critically important to ensure player safety on the field.”

US Lacrosse is among the national sports organizations publicly endorsing the Youth Sports Concussion Act, a new bill that is expected to be introduced shortly US Lacrosse Sports Science & Safetyin the U.S. Senate. The proposed congressional legislation is aimed at reducing youth sports concussions by empowering both the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to take stronger actions in guaranteeing equipment safety standards and claims by sporting goods manufacturers. Congressman Tom Udall (D-N.M.) is the primary sponsor of the bill.

Essentially, the new legislation hopes to extend the impact of the findings from a National Academies report on sports-related concussions, due to be released publicly no later than January 2014. That report is expected to include product safety standards that equipment manufacturers will need to consider for voluntary adoption.

The proposed bill also allows the Federal Trade Commission to take stronger action against manufacturers who make false and deceptive product safety claims in advertising and marketing campaigns.

The U.S. Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will be charged with initial review and approval of the bill before it advances to the full Senate for consideration.

To date, the Youth Sports Concussion Act has received public endorsements from numerous organizations and associations, including the American Academy of Neurology, Brain Injury Association of America, Brain Trauma Foundation, Cleveland Clinic, National Association of State Head Injury Administrators, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Football League, NFL Players Association, NCAA, National Hockey League, National Federation of State High School Associations, and U.S. Soccer.

About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse is the parent organization of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams program. US Lacrosse has more than 415,000 members in 64 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game.
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Lacrosse Injuries: Concussions In Youth Sports, Especially Among Girls, Are Rising Due To “More Games Being Played At Higher Level Of Competition”; Helmets And Specialized Mouth Guards Do Not Prevent Concussions


“They certainly play more games than ever and more games at a higher level of competition,” said Dr. Kevin Walter of the concussion clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. “They extend Concussion Legislationthemselves more than ever. And with all the specialized training, they are bigger, faster and stronger. It adds up.”

Helmets, specialized mouth guards and headbands do not prevent concussions. “There is no known way to prevent concussions,” Stein said. “We love helmets and mouth guards; they protect your skull and your teeth. But they won’t stop a concussion from happening.”

Youth sports concussion clinics operate at the center of America’s heightened newyorktimes-logoawareness and increasing worry about concussions among young athletes. Listening to the hundreds of stories of how concussions have occurred, examining patients and monitoring their recoveries, the doctors and staff members are a repository of anecdotal and medical concussion information.

  • Female patients are making up a larger percentage of the clinics’ overall concussion patient population, a percentage that continues to rise year to year.“People used to say this was happening because female athletes are more likely than male athletes to report their concussion symptoms, but not many of us believe that is the reason any longer,” said Dr. Cynthia Stein of Boston Children’s Hospital. “Female athletes are just as aggressive about wanting to stay on the playing field, but maybe their sports are getting rougher.“Forty-one percent of our new patients are now female, which is a huge amount when you consider that the No. 1 sport causing concussions is football, and that’s nearly all male.”
  • Many concussions seem to result from a hit the young athlete does not see coming. It is not just blindside hits in football; it is collisions in which only one party is braced for the collision, as seen in checking sports like lacrosse and hockey. Many soccer players are injured when they are hit in the head by a kicked ball at close range that they did not see coming, especially blows that came from the side or behind them.Doctors again have theorized that girding the neck for a collision or a blow to the head could be the body’s way of protecting the brain. If the blow comes without warning, that layer of fortification is not engaged.“As coaches always say, ‘Keep your head on a swivel so you know what’s going on around you,’ ” said Dr. Michael O’Brien at Boston Children’s Hospital. “It might be good advice for a lot of reasons.”

For more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/06/sports/anecdotal-evidence-offers-clues-to-youth-concussions.html?_r=0

Injuries In Lacrosse: Stanford Researchers Collecting Data From Football And Women’s Lacrosse To Understand “Mechanics” Of Head Injuries That Cause Concussions (Video)


The researchers have been focusing on football this fall but have been collecting data from field hockey and women’s lacrosse – sports where the athletes don’t wear helmets but do wear mouth guards.

Stanford researchers have turned the school’s football practices into a living laboratory in an effort to understand the mechanics of what happens to the head and neck when a head injury occurs.

The hope is that once researchers determine what forces cause a concussion, they can start improving sports equipment and rules to reduce injuries.

The data from this season also suggest that the standard lab tests used to simulate hits to the head are not always accurate representations of what occurs on the field. The tests do not re-create the rotational forces players experience well, researchers said, and experts think rotational movement plays an important role in causing a head injury.

For their research, scientists have placed sensors on the athletes’ helmets and have been filming them in action with high-definition, super-slow-motion cameras to monitor the speed the head is traveling before and after impact.

The players also wear special mouth guards with accelerometers and gyrometers embedded in them that gauge the linear and rotational acceleration of the head during a hit.

They plan to compare the data from contacts that lead to concussions with the non-concussive impacts to see what, if any, differences there are.

“We’ve got a really unique opportunity to get the data that matters the most – the human data,” said David Camarillo, an assistant professor of bioengineering.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/collegesports/article/Stanford-analyzes-athletes-concussions-4055088.php#ixzz2CuCcdUTZ

National League Lacrosse: New “Standardized Concussion Testing” Being Implemented In 2013


The National Lacrosse League has implemented a new standardized concussion testing protocol for its players to be used by medical personnel at all NLL games. At any time during the season, any player suspected of having incurred a concussion in a game or practice will be given immediate concussion testing by appropriate personnel.

All players to undergo baseline testing prior to the 2013 season; penalties stiffened for players making contact with the head of an opposing player.

In addition to implementing these new standards during games and practices, all NLL players will undergo baseline testing for concussions prior to the start of each upcoming season.  The new standardized testing was developed by the team physicians of the NLL clubs.  The concussion protocol is part of the NLL’s commitment to player health and safety.

The league has also taken further steps by stiffening the penalties assessed for incidents of high-sticking (Rule 62) and illegal cross-checking (Rule 63).  Penalties for high-sticking will now be assessed by the game officials as either a major penalty (five minute penalty) or a match penalty. A match penalty ejects the offending player from the game AND a one-game suspension for the team’s next game. The offending player’s team is also assessed with a five-minute major penalty. The penalty assessed will be based on the severity of the incident as judged by the game officials.  High-sticking infractions may no longer be assessed by officials as a major & game misconduct (five-minute penalty plus ejection of offending player for remainder of game).

“The Competition Committee felt that by removing the middle classification of major & game misconduct penalty for high-sticking, we will create a greater deterrent for players from making contact on opponents with a high stick”, said Brian Lemon, NLL Vice President, Operations.  “Player safety is of the utmost concern to us, and the NLL will remain at the forefront of protecting its players.”

The league has also applied this change to the penalties that can be assessed for illegal cross-checking.  The officials also have the option of selecting a minor penalty for illegal cross-checking for incidents deemed less severe. High-sticking penalties cannot be assessed as a minor.

Any player who is assessed a second match penalty for either of these infractions during the course of a year will receive a 2-game suspension.  A third infraction would result in a three-game suspension.  The year in this case begins on the date when the first infraction takes place and continues for twelve months from that date.

Rule changes have also been applied in terms of the penalties assessed by game officials for fighting.  When a fight between two player’s leads to a stoppage of play, players who engage in a second fight during the stoppage (fighting after the original fight) will be assessed a match penalty (ejection from game plus a one-game suspension). This infraction was previously assessed as a game misconduct penalty.  Officials will have the ability to rescind the penalty for one of the involved players if they determine that player was an ‘Unwilling Combatant’ who is defending themselves against the instigator as opposed to fully engaging in the fight.

Also during a fight, NLL rules dictate that all runners on the floor return to their team benches, or to their team’s defensive end of the floor if the fight is happening in front of their team’s bench.  Any player failing to adhere to this rule during a fight will now be assessed a misconduct penalty. This infraction was previously assessed a bench minor penalty.

Players who fight after the 2nd and 4th quarters of a game (during halftime or after the end of regulation) will be subject to penalties under Rule 80.16, Fighting Other than During Periods of a Game, and subject to a game misconduct and a one-game suspension. This infraction was previously assessed as a major penalty.

For more: http://www.coloradomammoth.com/news/mammoth-news/concussion-testing