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

“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 these studies will provide insightful scientific data that will help us better understand how rule changes to the game and educational initiatives can affect player safety, as well as how equipment can have an impact on safety.”

A closer look at the three studies being supported by US Lacrosse’s 2017 funding awards:

The first grant, being made to researchers at George Mason University, will fund the continuation of a comprehensive study of youth lacrosse injuries. The study will collect data on practice and game injuries, concussions, concussion symptoms, and concussion symptom resolution time in youth lacrosse. 

The second study, to be done by four investigators, headed by a researcher at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, seeks to measure lacrosse helmet efficacy in rotational impact mitigation.  The researchers hope to collect data that provides insight into the ability of current boys’ and men’s helmets in attenuating rotational forces that contribute to concussion risk.

The third study, being conducted by West Chester University, seeks to determine the effect of modified drag sled training on knee alignment and lower extremity ground force attenuation. The study hopes to enhance understanding of non-contact ACL injuries, and ultimately, lead to more effective injury prevention programs and reduced ACL injury risk.

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.