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Lacrosse Injury Risk Factors

There are intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors for injury. Intrinsic factors are a child’s individual musculoskeletal issues, which can include skeletal immaturity (bones and joints that are still developing) or muscle weakness. Extrinsic factors are the environment in which an athlete performs, which can include the level of competition: how much, how hard and how long play lasts.

Other common risk factors for lacrosse injuries include

  • High contact, which is of a greater level in boys’ lacrosse than girls’ lacrosse
  • Players who do not abide by the rules of the game
  • Concussions caused by body-to-body or body-to-ground contract in boys’ games
  • Injuries caused by an inadvertent stick or ball to the head (often during girls games)
  • Altering equipment