Most Common Injuries Seen in Lacrosse Players

Lacrosse is a very popular sport in our area of the country and for good reason. Lacrosse is fast paced, requires a high level of different skills and is a lot of fun to play.

While the college and high school season might be over, during the spring I saw many players in my office.

As you gear-up for summer programs and leagues, below are the most common injuries I see in Lacrosse players as an orthopedic surgeon:

1. Fractures of the hand – Even though lacrosse gloves are well padded, due to the hand being a target of lacrosse defensemen fractures or contusion to the hands are very common. Thankfully, not many of these injuries require surgical intervention or result is prolonged loss of playing time. It is important however for an orthopedic surgeon to assess these injuries to determine which are safe to play with and which need operative intervention.

2. Knee injuries – Lacrosse like most sports require the player to change directions quickly. These cutting maneuvers as well as the full contact nature of men’s lacrosse will put knees at risk for injuries including ACL tear. Fortunately many knee injuries incurred during Lacrosse can be treated non-operatively.

3. Concussion – Concussion is a frequent injured seen in both men’s and women’s Lacrosse. It is however no higher than soccer. It is important that an ATC or Doctor evaluate the player on the sideline and take appropriate measures to insure a concussed player does not return to play with a concussion. Also it is important to follow the athletic trainers, and team doctors instructions as to when a player can safely return to play.

Dr. Michael Gott is a Westchester orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in sports medicine. He has also been an active member of the National Ski Patrol as well as a Member of the Windham Mountain Ski Patrol for 18 years.