Hockey, Lacrosse and Concussions

There is no logical reason why the concussion issue should be limited to football.  So it should be no surprise that it applies to other sports as well.

A new article in Science Daily describes a pediatrician’s experience with boys and hockey.   The writer extends the findings to include lacrosse, although does not quote data separately for that sport.

In a study of 13-to-18 year olds, concussion is the most common injury for ice hockey players, affecting 15% of all 13-16 year olds and 25% of male high school players.

The youngest players  take 40% longer to recover from concussions.  Gender and weight affect recovery time.  Lighter-weight males and heavier females have longer recovery times.

The recommendation of the article is that “collision sports” be limited to children who are past the freshman year in high school.    That’s a more rigorous recommendation than has been made for football to date, which currently is for past age 12.

The concussion issue needs to be on the agenda for all state athletic associations and part of training for coaches and all recreational sports.  The concussion discussion may start with football, but it can’t end there.

I’d like to see intelligent discussions and actions before we have lawsuits that simply shut down valuable sports programs.

One comment

  1. Rhode Island was the first state in New England to pass legislation requiring concussion education and physician oversite of recovery from concussion. It was largely on the strength of a recovering ice hockey player and his mother who pushed the issue with their physician and RI state legislature. All states have since written their own standards on concussion management and return to play protocols. People are correct to worry about all hits to the head and the long term consequences they may cause. Thanks for your thoughtful concern.


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