US Lacrosse is accepting research grant applications that will support original scientific investigations that strive to improve the health and safety of lacrosse participants at all levels of play. Grant proposals will be reviewed by the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Research Subcommittee, with funding decisions announced in August.

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

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

Specific topics of interest for the US Lacrosse Sports Science & Safety Committee include head injury, lower extremity injury, player development, and protective equipment. Full consideration will be given to all applications submitted by May 30.

“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, USL’s director of health and sport safety. “We anticipate that the studies that we fund will provide insightful scientific data that will help us better understand how rule changes affect player safety as well as the safety impact of our current skill teaching processes.”

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. Utilizing existing sports medicine literature and new research initiatives, the committee seeks to grow the body of lacrosse safety knowledge in order to objectively advise US Lacrosse and the lacrosse community on factors that may enhance the safety and quality of experience in the sport of lacrosse at all levels.