Lacrosse is among the fastest growing high school sports in North America. However, there are a number of injury risks that are associated with the sport, some of which are quite serious. The injuries most frequently associated with the sport include:
- Contusions to the Head & Face;
- Ankle and Knee sprains, particularly involving the Anterior and Medial Cruciate Ligaments;
- Wrist fractures;
- Hip flexor strain;
- Low back pain.
As with most sports or recreational activities, the risk of incurring many of these injuries can be reduced through proper training, preparation and technique. Off season conditioning and pre-season drills are important components of an injury prevention program and should not be neglected.
Players should also be careful to wear the appropriate protective equipment, including helmets, arm and rib pads, athletic supporters with protective cups, throat and chest protectors.
If a player is injured, however, he or she can wear a variety of orthopedic braces to assist recovery. Additionally, players requiring additional support during competition or training for weak or previously injured joints will benefit from the application of a rigid adhesive tape to the area requiring protection. Finally, kinesiology tape can be a valuable aid to promote recovery from sore muscles and repetitive stress injuries in general.