Apparently there are some who believe helmets are not necessary in female lacrosse. I find that incredible, because my belief is that safety is the ultimate priority. One of the arguments against helmets in that venue is that “girls aren’t strong enough to cause head injury with a lacrosse stick.” Such an argument is counter to everything I have seen in my practice involving cases of significant brain injury. Although the human body is an amazing feat of engineering, it is scary to see how often relatively minor traumas can cause very severe deficits, especially in something as fragile as the human brain. Secondly, I have seen some very strong female athletes even at the high school level, and I doubt that being hit in the head with a lacrosse stick would be an insignificant event. I also bet there are plenty of coaches and brain injury professional alike who would question the wisdom of the quote above. For a full link to the article, click on the following link: http://www.newstimes.com/ci_12868222
The Helmet Controversy in Female Lacrosse
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