The US Lacrosse Sports Medicine Symposium is a great tribute to the outstandingly run and vastly respected organization of US Lacrosse. The upcoming Sports Medicine Symposium, presented in partnership with MedStar Sports Medicine, on Friday, January 20 in Baltimore will demonstrate the leadership that lacrosse has in the medical aspects of sports. One thing that has always impressed me with US Lacrosse is that the organization supports every rule change, endorsement, and equipment change with research findings.

The Sports Medicine Symposium provides insight for doctors, trainers, physical therapists, strength and conditioning coaches, health staff, coaches, administrators, parents and students to run a healthy lacrosse program.  As an attendee in previous years (this is the fourth symposium), the key features for me have been the interactive nature of the sessions and the insight and discussion into equipment changes. Despite the fact that I played lacrosse for years in high school and at Duke without goggles, I now understand the reasoning for goggles in women’s lacrosse. It was great to see the background as to why that decision was made.

This year, we will hear an update from attendees to the International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport, which was held recently in Berlin. Concussion can be a confusing injury to manage, but when the latest in testing and diagnosis is presented from this Olympic caliber meeting, it is sure to shed light on the topic.

This year’s symposium will tackle high interest topics such as the newest technology and sensors used in evaluating lacrosse injuries, the legal aspects of athletics trainer coverage, and the new LaxPrep ACL Injury Prevention Program (fresh off the press).

On the topic of ACL injury prevention, I am excited to work with Justin Cooper and do a demonstration on ACL injury risk assessment. It’s always great to see a presentation on this topic, but when it’s a bit more hands on, as this session will be, you will feel more comfortable incorporating it into your own program.

I look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s Symposium and to working together to keep our sport happy and healthy.

A former player at Duke University, Dr. Karen Sutton is the orthopedic physician for the U.S. women’s national lacrosse team and serves as an assistant professor of sports medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. She is also a member of the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee.


US Lacrosse Sports Medicine Symposium

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