The US Lacrosse Center for Sport Science has awarded new research funding for three studies that will investigate issues related to lacrosse-specific sports medicine and performance. These grants are in addition to the Center’s ongoing support for the continuation of studies previously awarded.  

Two of the new studies involve the measurement of equipment interventions to reduce the risk of injury, while the third study focuses on exploring lower body biomechanics of lacrosse players as a predictor of injuries.

“As the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse, one of our highest organizational priorities is the advancement of player safety,” said Bruce Griffin, director of the Center for Sport Science at US Lacrosse. “We anticipate that these studies will provide insightful scientific data that will help us better understand how rule changes to the game and educational initiatives can affect player safety, as well as how equipment can have an impact on safety.”

US Lacrosse grant awards are designed to provide partial support for research projects, which can range from small or pilot studies to more significant projects that include well documented pilot studies. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $35,000.

Here’s a closer look at the three new studies being supported by US Lacrosse’s 2016 funding awards:

The first study, being conducted by NTS Chesapeake Testing, will seek to measure helmet performance degradation as a function of exposure. Researchers plan to evaluate the effect of ultra-violet (UV) radiation and humidity on the performance of lacrosse helmets over time.

The second study, to be done by the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale University’s School of Medicine, seeks to determine the protective effect of shoulder pads in preventing major shoulder injuries in men’s lacrosse. The researchers hope to collect data that may inform future injury prevention strategies, including product design.

The third study, being conducted by the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Florida, seeks to determine the contribution of functional and motion factors from lacrosse-related biomechanics to the development of lower body musculoskeletal pain and injury in male and female players.

The US Lacrosse Center for Sport Science, supported by the organization’s Sports Science and Safety Committee, takes a closer look at injury prevention, player performance and sports medicine issues involved with the game of lacrosse. Utilizing existing sports medicine literature and new research initiatives, the Center seeks to grow the body of knowledge in order to objectively advise US Lacrosse and the lacrosse community on factors that may enhance player safety and the quality of experience in the sport of lacrosse at all levels.