MedStar Sports Medicine Is Committed To Reducing Risk Of Youth Lacrosse Injuries

Releases New Study, in Collaboration with US Lacrosse, Finding Safety Initiatives Consistent with Youth Concussion Report Recommendations.

December 3, 2013

MedStar Sports Medicine, in collaboration with US Lacrosse, has released a new study providing greater insight into youth lacrosse injuries. The study, chronicling the rate of injury among youth lacrosse players, supports the findings and recommendations of a report on youth concussion recently published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council.

In accordance with several aspects of the IOM report, including the call for a better national system to track concussion injuries and more change in the methodology used for reporting head injuries, the study utilized an injury surveillance system using certified athletic trainers to collect data on the types of injury and injury mechanisms which incurred during youth recreational lacrosse. The study found onsite athletic trainers improved the initial diagnosis of injuries and provided consistent injury surveillance and reporting.

“We believe this is a significant study because there was an athletic trainer onsite, which strengthens the initial diagnosis of injuries and provides consistent reporting,” said lead author Andrew Lincoln, ScD, head of the MedStar Sports Medicine Research Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital and member of US Lacrosse’s Sports Science and Safety Committee. “This type of study could serve as a model of the additional studies that are needed to better understand youth lacrosse safety, and is consistent with the IOM report’s call for better injury surveillance and reporting in youth sports.”

The study was led by Dr. Lincoln, in collaboration with Reg Dunn, senior research associate, MedStar Union Memorial; Lisa R. Hepburn, PhD, senior research associate, MedStar Sports Medicine Research Center; Richard Hinton, MD, sports medicine surgeon, MedStar Union Memorial; William Romani, PhD, PT, research associate, University of Maryland; Meira Yeger-McKeever, MD, prior MedStar Union Memorial orthopaedic fellow; and the US Lacrosse Sports Science & Safety Committee.

Together, MedStar Sports Medicine and US Lacrosse have established the nation’s leading lacrosse sports medicine program, bringing top expertise to the athletes of today’s fastest growing sport. This strategic alliance has resulted in the collaboration of leadership from MedStar and US Lacrosse in the areas of research, education and prevention of injury priorities specific to both girls’ and boy’s lacrosse.

Click here to view the abstract of the study, to be released in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. To view a full summary of the IOM report, click here.

About MedStar Sports Medicine

MedStar Sports Medicine, an initiative integrated throughout MedStar Health, is one of the premier sports medicine programs in the country. Over the past 30 years, MedStar Sports Medicine has grown to include more than 36 physicians, 23 certified athletic trainers and a network of therapists, nutritionists, and support staff at MedStar’s ten hospitals and diversified services. Focused on patient care, education, research and team relationships, this network of medical professionals is dedicated to enhancing the health and performance of all active people. More than 40 sports organizations, including the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Nationals, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Baltimore Blast, and US Lacrosse, have chosen MedStar Sports Medicine as their official medical team. Visit us at MedStarSportsMed.org, or call 888-44-SPORT (888-447-7678).

About the IOM

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. Established in 1970, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered under President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Nearly 150 years later, the National Academy of Sciences has expanded into what is collectively known as the National Academies, which comprises the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council, and the IOM. For more details, please visit www.iom.edu.

About US Lacrosse

US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse and the home of the nation’s fastest-growing sport. US Lacrosse has more than 415,000 members in 64 regional chapters across the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse provides programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the sport. Bookmark, like and follow US Lacrosse at uslacrosse.org, fb.com/uslacrosse and @uslacrosse, respectively.

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