Common Injuries in Lacrosse and Crew

Crew and lacrosse are some of the most popular sports in New York among student athletes and adults alike. With both of these sports, there are a number of common injuries that can arise without the right training routine and awareness. This article will take a closer look at some of these injuries and the steps that can be taken for prevention.

Knee Sprains

Both rowers and lacrosse players frequently experience knee sprains or pain in the kneecap. These injuries may be characterized by pain, weakness of the knees, and a clicking sensation while walking. Building strength in the quadriceps and warming up before practice can both be helpful measures in reducing the frequency of knee injuries.

Rib Stress Fractures

Rowers are particularly susceptible to stress fractures in the ribs, which account for about 10% of crew injuries overall. Periods of intense training can bring about stress fractures, which are best prevented with exercises to strengthen the core muscles and improve posture.

Shin Splints

Lacrosse involves a great deal of running on various field surfaces, and this can put added stress on the connective tissues in the lower legs. As a result, shin splints are common among lacrosse players, though they might be relieved with stretching exercises both before and after practice and play.

Muscle Strains

Lacrosse and crew both involve repetitive use of major muscle groups, making the potential for muscle strains very high. Off-season training may be critical in preventing muscle injuries, because this type of training will allow more even muscle strengthening throughout the whole body to support the muscles of the legs and shoulders that are more vulnerable during the season.

If you have been sidelined by an injury like those listed above, connect with Baxter & Walsh Physical Therapy & Rehabilitative Services. We have offices in Bay Shore and Wantagh offering specialized care in sports medicine for athletes of all levels. To reach us for a consultation, call (631) 206-2989 or (516) 826-0116.