Over 40% of shoulder injuries among lacrosse players necessitate at least 10 days of time loss.

That’s just one of the statistics shared by Dr. Karen Sutton, associate professor at Yale University and team physician for the U.S. Women’s National Team, in her recent presentation, “Upper Extremity Injuries in The Youth Athlete.” 

“With a low grade shoulder separation, an athlete will miss about 10 days, but higher grade injuries can be season-ending and even require surgery,” Sutton said.

Acromioclavicular (AC) joint injuries are the most common, accounting for about 50% of all shoulder injuries. Labral tears account for another 22% of shoulder injuries. Most shoulder injuries in boys’ and men’s lacrosse occur from player-to-player contact.

“Properly fitted, sport specific shoulder pads are effective in reducing shoulder injury risk in boys’ and men’s lacrosse,” Sutton said. “We find that women’s players encounter more wrist injuries than shoulder injuries.”

Sutton’s presentation was part of the US Lacrosse Medstar Sports Medicine Health & Performance Series.

Upper Extremity Injuries In The Youth Athlete
Dr. Karen Sutton, M.D.