It’s not hard to believe that wielding a metal stick that can hurl an unrelenting ball at significant speeds, all while wearing minimal padding can lead to injury in the popular sport of Lacrosse. While an exciting and addicting sport to watch, it is not without its risk of injury for players. Damage to the head is one such injury on the list that should be noted and protected against.
For men’s lacrosse, a helmet that provides protection for the head as well as the face is required, but women’s lacrosse does not hold the same game regulations. Historically, women’s lacrosse is a minimal contact sport, which has left regulations where head protection is included, unaddressed or lacking necessity.
In fact, in recent news, Florida made it a mandate to require at least some head protection for female lacrosse teams and instead of applauding this mandate, the US Lacrosse organization has labeled it as irresponsible. According to the organization, the requirement of head protection in female lacrosse could spur players to play more aggressively and in effect, increase the risk of head injury.
Whether players, coaches and parents believe this to be true, is up for interpretation. However, proponents of the rule point to data that shows that girls’ lacrosse has the fifth-highest rate of concussions in high school sports — only football, ice hockey, boys’ lacrosse and girls’ soccer rank higher (nytimes.com).
With this glaring statistic for both men’s and women’s lacrosse, one might believe that additional head protection is necessary to reduce risk of concussion and brain injury. We will always strongly recommend pairing a protective layer, like our Sport Shieldz skull caps, with a helmet. But for sports like women’s lacrosse, where the use of protective headgear has been absent, even the use of padded skull caps can provide some preventative barrier for injury to the head.
In tests done on our protective skull caps, the tests showed a considerable reduction in all three areas of Severity Index, Peak G and Force. You can see the complete test results here. The addition of one of our skull caps have also been tested for improvement of helmet fit as well as comfort alongside providing additional impact management. To learn more about our skull caps and the various and numerous test studies we’ve put them through, click the button below.
The jury is still out on the use of head protection in women’s lacrosse, but you can make the choice as a parent, coach or player to take head safety into your own hands and helping helmets get added boost with Lacrosse skull caps.