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The Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado provides pediatric care for all types of sports injuries, including lacrosse.
Lacrosse is a fast-paced, competitive game that is rapidly gaining popularity throughout Colorado and across the country. Because our Sports Medicine team focuses solely on young athletes, we have the expertise to help lacrosse players recover from an injury and get back on the field.
Lacrosse is a sport that challenges the entire body. Because it is a high-energy running and cutting (a way of separating from a defender) sport for boys and girls, lacrosse places the legs at risk for injury. Throwing, catching, cradling and shooting also place stress on the upper body.
Lacrosse is a unique sport in that the rules for men and women (and boys and girls) are very different. Men’s lacrosse is classified as a contact sport, allowing both body and stick checking (disrupting a player’s movement or knocking the ball away). Male players wear helmets with facemasks, mouth guards, arm, elbow and shoulder pads and gloves to protect them during the game.
Women’s lacrosse is technically a non-contact sport, though controlled stick checking is allowed. Women do not wear helmets, but are required to wear eye protection and mouth guards.
The biggest differences are due to the different rules in men’s and women’s (or boys’ and girls’) lacrosse. Boys have more legal contact during the game and have greater incidence of shoulder separations and traumatic shoulder injuries.
Similar to soccer players, female lacrosse players have a higher risk of non-contact ACL injuries compared to males.
The most common injuries from lacrosse include:
For more information about the sport, visit the US Lacrosse Website.
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