You don’t have to be a trained research specialist in order to contribute to the scientific process of making lacrosse safer. Everybody can be involved. 

That was one of the main messages shared by Lisa Hepburn, PhD, a scientist with the MedStar Sports Medicine Research Center, during a presentation at the 2017 US Lacrosse Sports Medicine Symposium. Hepburn noted that injury surveillance was the backbone of the research conducted by MedStar, and almost anybody associated with lacrosse can help to provide data.

“If you are engaged in the sport of lacrosse, you can contribute to understanding and helping with research efforts to make the sport safer and more enjoyable,” she said. “Think of yourself as a citizen scientist.”

Rule changes and policy changes are driven by the findings from research studies that measure injury trends and identify emerging issues. Scientists like Hepburn, and by extension, all those who contribute to the data collection process, help to make a difference.

“This is research that we want to be able to use to directly affect health and the safety of athletes,” Hepburn said.

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The Center for Sport Science at US Lacrosse seeks to expand, broaden and elevate the safety initiatives that the national governing body has been committed to since its creation in 1998.

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