The US Lacrosse Center for Sport Science has awarded new research funding to four projects that will investigate issues related to lacrosse-specific sports medicine and performance. 

“The Center is an important part of US Lacrosse and one of our highest organizational priorities is player safety,” said Bruce Griffin, director of the Center for Sport Science at US Lacrosse. “These studies will provide helpful scientific data that will lead to a better understanding of the impact that rule changes, educational initiatives, and protective equipment can have on athlete safety.”

A closer look at the four studies being supported by US Lacrosse’s 2018 funding awards:

The first grant, being made to researchers at George Mason University, will continue to support ongoing research being coordinated by Dr. Shane Caswell that tracks injuries and concussions in youth lacrosse players. The study will collect data on practice and game injuries, concussions, concussion symptoms, and concussion symptom resolution time in youth lacrosse.

The second study, headed by Dr. Daniel Herman at the University of Florida, seeks to incentivize athletic trainers to report injuries incurred by female high school lacrosse players in Florida. Specifically, the research seeks to develop an understanding of the effect of headgear use in girls’ lacrosse. Survey questionnaires to players, coaches, and referees in the states of Florida and Virginia will be used to assess safety ratings, uncalled penalties, and style of play differences between players that use approved headgear and those that do not.

The third study, being conducted by Dr. Blair Evans at Penn State University, seeks to determine the effect of a peer-based intervention to foster mental health literacy and positive team/individual identities in youth lacrosse players. Researchers will adapt a peer-based intervention through partnerships with local youth lacrosse organizations and evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention within a larger sample of teams.

The fourth grant is being awarded to Dr. Thomas Bowman at the University of Lynchburg (formerly Lynchburg College) and Dr. Richard Boergers from Seton Hall University. The researchers hope to determine the time to first chest compression and first AED shock in two different equipment conditions. This study will provide evidence for performing full equipment removal or leaving shoulder pads in place to provide immediate advanced care to catastrophic patients wearing lacrosse equipment.

US Lacrosse grant awards are designed to provide partial support for research projects, which can range from small or pilot studies to more significant projects that include well documented pilot studies. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $35,000.

The US Lacrosse Center for Sport Science, supported by the organization’s Sports Science and Safety Committee, takes a closer look at injury prevention, player performance and sports medicine issues involved with the game of lacrosse. Utilizing existing sports medicine literature and new research initiatives, the Center seeks to grow the body of knowledge in order to objectively advise US Lacrosse and the lacrosse community on factors that may enhance player safety and the quality of experience in the sport of lacrosse at all levels.

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