Some sports players are more prone to injuries than others. However, while many think that extreme sports players are more vulnerable to injury, it’s actually the athletes of common sports who are more susceptible. One such sport is lacrosse, which is growing in popularity in many cities, including Denver. Writer Scott Hensley, reporting for GPB.org, says as this sport becomes commonplace, so do the injuries associated with it.
“Now, there’s an analysis of injuries sustained by high school lacrosse players that quantifies the risks. Researchers analyzed a database of reports compiled by athletic trainers at high schools across the country.
Overall, there are about 2 injuries for every 1,000 exposures to the game, according to researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health and the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati. An exposure was defined as one athlete taking part in a school-sanctioned game or practice.
The most common injuries were strains and sprains, accounting for about 38 percent of those recorded.”
Lacrosse is similar to hockey, where each team aims to have the highest number of goals. Due to this, it involves plenty of repetitive motions and strenuous movements, of which the athletes’ knees bear the most brunt. Thus, one of the most common lacrosse-related injuries is the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear, which may require treatment from Denver orthopedic surgeons.
To understand the severity of this injury—referred to as a “life-altering injury” by a former physician of the U.S. lacrosse team—players must first understand the knee anatomy. ACL is a major ligament of the knee which is primarily responsible for stabilizing the knee after walking, bending, or climbing. However, in lacrosse, where there are a great deal of turning and planting motions, the ACL becomes highly vulnerable.
Several tests will have to be done before a Denver orthopedic surgeon can determine whether a surgery is needed in an ACL tear or not. These tests include X-rays, MRI, and arthroscopy. In some cases, physical rehabilitation alone can treat an ACL injury. However, if the ACL injury is very serious (complete tear), a surgery is the best option.
The physical benefits of team sports like lacrosse can’t be denied. Sometimes, though, sports like this could lead to serious injuries such as ACL tears. The good news is players suffering from an ACL injury can seek proper diagnosis and treatment from orthopedic doctors and surgeons from Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver. Orthopedic surgeons are highly capable of providing the appropriate treatment to injured players, to help them get back in the game sooner and do what they love best.
(Source: As High School Lacrosse Surges In Popularity, So Does Injury Focus, gpb.org, July 22, 2014)