Lacrosse 101: How to Prevent Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Updated: Oct 30, 2019
Lacrosse, for the general knowledge, is a team sport played with a lacrosse stick and a lacrosse ball. Players use the lacrosse stick to carry, pass, catch, and shoot the ball into the goal. In the United States, it is considered one of the fastest-growing team sports. However, there is a priority issue that the US Lacrosse focuses on. And it is the prevention of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). MTBI events are identified as the second most prevalent scenario – with 44% resulting from legal body/object contact and 23% from illegal contact. What remains a mystery is the specific play scenarios associated with MTBI, as well as the location and direction of the impacts. There’s a massive need for a better understanding of these events to develop interventions and treatments for this lacrosse population further.
This study follows male and female high school lacrosse players. It aims to collect injury surveillance data to be collected by certified athletic trainers using a computer-based Sports Injury Measuring System (SIMS). It captures all the data on individual and team player activity. Video recordings in-game situations are to be reviewed to gather specific data about the characteristics associated with MTBI. These findings help clinicians, sports officials, and policymakers gain information and proper understanding. This information is essential for the appropriate establishment of standards that MTBI targets.
Get more information on how to prevent mild traumatic brain injury in lacrosse players here.