By Stephanie F. Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Lacrosse is a sport that increases with popularity each year. Due to the contact nature of the sport, there have been a number of reported injuries to children and young adults every year resulting from Lacrosse. David Marshall, M.D. recently posted an article about child injuries and Lacrosse. Dr. Marshall is the Medical Director of the Sports Medicine Program for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta Georgia. Dr. Marshall noted that approximately 300,000 children play Lacrosse and it is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States for boys and girls. The type of protective gear typically used by boys is different than that for girls. Many girl clubs and teams do not wear helmets or the protective gear when body checking is not permitted. Due to the potential contact and injuries that may be inadvertently caused by the Lacrosse stick and ball, some safety advocates may argue that it is better to have all available safety equipment in use even if the risks of injury is low when body checking is not permitted. Reported injuries from Lacrosse include abrasions, contusions, muscle and tendon strains, shin splints, fractures, and facial injuries. Parents should speak to coaches and club administrators about safety precautions in place and gear used for Lacrosse practices and games. You can read more about Dr. Marshall’s article at Lacrosse and Common Injuries from the Game.