Women’s Lacrosse Players May Be Forced to Wear Headgear, Helmets in Maryland

Posted on February 14, 2013 by

Categories: Womens Lax

Girl Lacrosse Players May Be Forced to Wear Headgear, Helmets in Maryland

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BALTIMORE, Feb. 13, 2013 — US Lacrosse President and CEO Steve Stenersen today issued comments on the proposed Maryland House of Delegates Bill 1123, which if passed by the Maryland General Assembly would legislate that girls’ lacrosse players in the state wear protective headgear as per specifications set forth by a state task force.

Steve Stenersen’s comments:

“US Lacrosse appreciates the Delegates’ concern about athlete safety, but we don’t understand why they chose not to contact the sport’s Maryland-based national governing body, and the respected physicians and researchers who comprise our Sports Science and Safety Committee, to learn what is being done to address this important player safety issue before introducing short-sighted and confusing legislation.

“Prevention of head injuries in both men’s and women’s lacrosse continues to be a priority of US Lacrosse. We are actively engaged in numerous interventions focused on reducing the risk of head injury in both men’s and women’s lacrosse, and we have been recognized among the national sports medicine community for our collaboration and proactivity in this regard. Additionally, US Lacrosse continues to fund and lead research to better understand the frequency and severity of head injury specific to both men’s and women’s lacrosse, and we have been working with ASTM International for more than a year to develop a consensus headgear standard for women’s lacrosse based on the results of that research and the importance of appropriately balancing player safety with game integrity.

“It is simply irresponsible to enact legislation requiring head protection in women’s lacrosse without a clear understanding of the mechanism of head injury in a version of the sport that is entirely different from its male counterpart, and without head protection designed and manufactured specifically to mitigate that injury mechanism. In both cases, US Lacrosse is providing prudent, focused leadership based on well-founded medical and research protocols.”

For more information about US Lacrosse’s wide-reaching player safety initiatives, please visit uslacrosse.org/safety.

Additional coverage on Maryland HB 1123 is available on Lacrosse Magazine.com.

About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse and the home of the nation’s fastest-growing sport. US Lacrosse has more than 400,000 members in 64 regional chapters across the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse provides programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the sport.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18420300 Robert Ford

    Kind of terrible since when these were tested they proved they caused more injuries then they stopped since they interfere with the players periferal vision and goggles. Leave it to MD to jump to these

    • Anonymous

      i’d love to see a link to that study

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18420300 Robert Ford

        I’ll do my best to find you the inside lacrosse article on it

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18420300 Robert Ford

        I’ll do my best to find you the inside lacrosse article on it

    • Anonymous

      i’d love to see a link to that study

  • :(

    sooo stupid, just another way to make lacrosse girls not hot….

  • :(

    sooo stupid, just another way to make lacrosse girls not hot….

  • :(

    sooo stupid, just another way to make lacrosse girls not hot….

  • :(

    sooo stupid, just another way to make lacrosse girls not hot….

  • Guest

    Teenage girls care what they look like… Goodbye lacrosse, hello volleyball.

  • Terrible Idea

    Scrums caps in Rugby Union (which look exactly like the helmets pictured) are designed to stop injuries to ears (cauliflower ear), reduce the chances of cuts to the head, and abrasions. They do nothing for concussions, hence why no mandatory for all rugby players. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19127196 If someone hits you on the head with enough force to give you a concussion, 1cm of foam padding will do nothing…..