For a little over a year, the Florida High School Athletic Association has required the use of helmets for high school girls lacrosse players. The result has caused major controversy throughout the country, and many feel that it will set a similar precedent of rulings in other states. In 2011, Bullis High School located in Potomac, MD made the decision to mandate the girls team to wear helmets.
In recent research, the first study is published in the American Journal of Medicine where video analysis was conducted on 529 varsity games covering 25 schools to analyze the frequency of the injuries. The second study is called RIO(reporting Injury Online) where Dawn Comstock collected injury data from 22 high school sports. Girls Lacrosse HQ had an interview with Dawn and she provided crucial information to better comprehend the overall picture. There is many different ways an injury could occur while playing, rules in youth lacrosse leagues do not permit any contact. If the rules are violated, a whistle is blown resulting in a penalty which greatly reduces the risk of contact from an opposing team.
When an enormous amount of attention is brought to a certain issue, there is always controversy. If you are on the “pro helmet side,” your main concern is the head injuries, and putting safety before sports. If you are on the “anti helmet side,” you are with those who want to keep the sport the same without making any serious changes. Viewpoints from this side consist of, being an athlete and wanting to preserve the sport and how you identify with it. Many argue that incorporating the use of helmets would make the game more aggressive than before, decreasing the fear of injury.
Hopefully in the future the new rules will capture the attention of the manufacturers and entrepreneurs. As the sport continues to gain popularity, if helmets do become part of the game, we should accept the change, and move on, and continue to play a sport that you are dedicated to. Hopefully in the near future we see less injuries occurring, and a safer environment for athletes. Click the link below to learn more about helmets and lacrosse, and the statistics of the studies that were conducted.