General Medicine / 07.08.2014

Lara B. McKenzie, PhD MA Center for Injury Research and Policy The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus, OH 43205 MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Lara B. McKenzie, PhD MA Center for Injury Research and Policy The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus, OH 43205 Medical Research: What are the main findings of the study? Dr. McKenzie: Our main findings were that lacrosse injury rates and patterns are different by sex and by type of athletic activity. Boys’ lacrosse allows for some person-to-person contact, while girls’ lacrosse largely outlaws it. Boys had an overall injury rate of 2.26 per 1000 athletic exposures, and girls had an injury rate of 1.54 per 1000 athletic exposures. The overall injury rate was about 3 times higher in competition than in practice. We also found that sprains and strains were the most common injury diagnosis for boys and girls (boys: 35.6% of injuries; girls: 43.9%), but that concussions were a significant injury diagnosis (boys: 21.9% of injuries; girls: 22.7%). (more…)