What is your sport: Lacrosse

Lacrosse is Canada’s official national summer sport. Originally played by indigenous people, the sport has been popular since the 1800s. Lacrosse is played by 2 opposing teams with 10 players on each team. A ball is thrown, carried, and caught via the use of a lacrosse stick – a long-handled stick with a net or pouch at the end. The objective is to score the most points by getting the ball in the opposing team’s net. 

Lacrosse is a tough sport. There are many unique skills involved. For instance, scooping, passing, cradling, catching, and shooting are all unique skills required in the game and with the use of a lacrosse stick. In addition, players participate in various degrees of running and dodging activities throughout the game. In all, players must learn high degrees of coordination and agility to become successful at it.  

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Common Muscle Injuries from Lacrosse

The most common lacrosse injuries include: 

  • Ankle Sprains: Uneven terrain and quick changes in direction can result in a rolled ankle for many lacrosse players.  
  • ACL or MCL Injuries: Quick changes in direction and dodging of other players may cause ACL or MCL tears or other injuries causing pain. 
  • Hip Flexor Strains: Lacrosse requires a lot of running. Thus, hip flexor strains are common problems that may arise in the sport. 
  • Low Back Strain: Throwing, catching, and carrying the ball and stick can create low back problems – especially if the area is already susceptible to injury.  
  • Hamstring, Groin, or Quadriceps Strain: Again, running and quick changes in direction can lead to muscle strains – including those in the hamstring, groin, or quadriceps. 
  • Shin Splints: A certain level of endurance is required in this sport. Shin splints can often result from too much, too soon or from a high amount of running.  

How Can You Alleviate Your Lacrosse Injuries?

When pain occurs, it’s important to rest. If the pain continues, seeking out proper medical attention is encouraged. An assessment conducted by a qualified healthcare professional can help determine the proper course of treatment. At the initial onset of injury, the R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) should be used to alleviate pain and swelling. Further, rehabilitation exercises are often prescribed by healthcare providers in order to increase strength, flexibility, and function in the affected area. 

Athlete’s Choice Massage offers orthopaedic assessments, osteopathy, massage, acupuncture, and sport taping services. Our team is dedicated to helping you get back to feeling your best – without pain or fear of a recurring injury. Get back to the sport you know and love. Book an appointment at Athlete’s Choice Massage today. 

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