In 2015, following several years of testing and development, ASTM approved the first performance standard for women’s lacrosse headgear, with significant leadership from US Lacrosse. This standard, ASTM F3137, was developed to help reduce head impact forces associated with stick and ball contact in women’s lacrosse.

Accordingly, US Lacrosse announced an update to its youth and high school rules, effective January 1, 2017, that all headgear used, while still optional, must meet the new ASTM standard.

As the 2021 season draws closer, the use of women’s headgear remains optional for virtually all levels of play (except for state sanctioned high school play in Florida), and US Lacrosse continues to review independent research to study and determine the efficacy of headgear products.

Last month, an article in The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine summarized the findings from one of those studies. 

Two members of that research team, Dr. Shane Caswell of George Mason University and Dr. Andrew Lincoln of MedStar Health Research Institute, will be joining moderator Caitlin Kelley, director of women’s lacrosse at US Lacrosse, in a live webinar presentation on Wednesday, January 27 (6 pm EST) to discuss their findings and answer live questions.

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“We are excited to provide this webinar forum for an in-depth conversation with two of the leading researchers into the efficacy and impact of headgear in women's lacrosse,” Kelley said. “We will be able to explore in detail the recent article released on the topic and hear directly from the experts regarding what the data means, and what other studies are on the horizon.”