The US Lacrosse Center for Sport Science is accepting research grant applications that will investigate issues within the broad discipline of sports medicine.  For full consideration, grant proposals should be received by June 25, 2017 for review by the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee. Funding decisions will be announced in August.

US Lacrosse grant awards are designed to provide partial support for original scientific investigations. It is anticipated that requested support will fall into one of three ranges:

• $500-$2,500, total costs annually for small or pilot projects;
• $2,500 - $15,000, total costs annually for larger projects which may also include partial support for research assistants or study coordinators; 
• $15,000 - $35,000, total costs annually for significant projects that include well documented pilot studies or previous studies.

In order of importance, specific topics of interest for the Center for Sport Science are youth athlete development, youth league epidemiology, youth head injury, lower extremity injury, rule implementation, and protective equipment.

Guidelines and instructions for the grant applications are available online (PDF).

“As the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse, one of our highest organizational priorities is the advancement of player safety,” said Bruce Griffin, director of the Center for Sport Science at US Lacrosse. “We anticipate that the studies that we fund will provide insightful scientific data that will help us better understand how changes to the game and educational initiatives can affect player safety, as well as how equipment can have an impact on safety.”

Formed in 1999, the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee takes a closer look at injury prevention and sports medicine issues involved with the game of lacrosse. The committee also serves in an advisory role for the US Lacrosse Center for Sport Science. The Center is devoted to research, education, collaboration, policy development, and best practices guidelines that benefit the safety and wellness of lacrosse players, with a particular focus on youth players.