Last month, a new consensus statement about sport-related concussion in youth sports was published in JAMA Pediatrics, the result of a thorough review by an independent panel of experts of all current evidence-based research studies. 

Based on this review, the group developed 26 recommendations for the prevention, assessment, and management of sports-related concussions among youth athletes.

Led by the Sports Science & Safety Committee, comprised of medical experts from multiple disciplines, US Lacrosse seeks to constantly educate and inform the lacrosse community about concussion safety. Sharing the latest developments about this injury is one of the organization’s priorities. 

Dr. Ruben Echemendia, a clinical psychologist and internationally-recognized expert on concussions injuries, serves on USL’s Sports Science and Safety Committee. He had strong words of praise for the work of the panel upon review of its findings. 

“This group that came together for the consensus statement did an excellent job,” Echemendia said. “They reviewed the literature in a very rigid manner, scrutinized what was there, and identified what were the key points that needed to be brought out.”

Echemendia shared his insights on the panel’s recommendations in a new video produced as part of the US Lacrosse | MedStar Sports Medicine Health & Performance Series.

“I think key to the recommendations that this panel made was, number one, that education is critically important across the board,” Echemendia said. “Also, what came out as being very important is the cost-benefit ratio of sports, and that sports are incredibly important for the development of many kids. Yes, some sports have risks of injury, but clearly, the benefits of sports outweigh the risks.” 

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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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