Top 5 Lacrosse Injuries

Sports medicine professionals are essential to athletes, they help them stay healthy and pave the road to recovery after an injury. Lacrosse is rated as the seventh highest injury producing college sport, with the following five areas the most injury-prone.

Ankle Sprains

Lacrosse players must change direction quickly, a questionable action for an ankle. A bad shift stretches the tendons and ligaments out of shape and the ankle becomes unstable, bruised, and painful to use. Allowing an ankle sprain to heal completely is a sports medicine professional’s number one piece of advice, as getting back on a sprained ankle too quickly will only lead to additional sprains.

Knee Damage


Another result of a quick direction change is a ruptured or torn knee ligament. The two most frequently abused ligaments of the

knee are the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) connecting the thigh and shin bones from the inside of the knee, and the MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) doing the same from the other side of the knee. A sudden impact, an improper pivot, or cutting maneuver can rupture these ligaments, usually requiring surgery and rehabilitation to correct.

Upper Leg

Since lacrosse is played with a stick and a dense ball, bruises and contusions are frequent, and the upper leg area tends to be the most frequent place on a player to be hit. While not career-ending, these can be painful and require rest, heat, or cold therapy to soothe.


Falls, collisions and overuse are three causes of shoulder trouble in lacrosse players. Despite the fact that players wear shoulder pads, sports medicine professionals still see tears, bruises, inflammation, and instability in shoulders due to the sport.

Head Injuries

Collisions with other players or the ground may cause a concussion or severe head trauma. If a head injury is not properly cared for, it can be devastating–even fatal, so any suspicion of one needs immediate medical attention.

Lacrosse is an exciting sport but definitely comes with a specific set of risks to its players. Talk to your sports medicine professional about preventing sports injuries through proper conditioning and form.

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