A national hub for the study and improvement of health & safety, training, and performance in lacrosse.
Created in 2016, the Center is devoted to research, education, collaboration, policy development, and best practices guidelines that benefit the safety and wellness of lacrosse players, with a particular focus on youth players.
The Center embraces an athlete-centered model, which means that all research, education, and support is focused on benefitting the lacrosse athlete and ensuring the promotion of safe environments in which athletes can enjoy lacrosse.
The Center has three foundational pillars -- Health & Safety, Training, and Performance. Ultimately, the aim is to deliver holistic support and resources to the lacrosse community.
Physical and mental health & safety are at the forefront of the Center's priorities. The Center engages with organizations and practitioners to ensure best practices are implemented that provide safe environments as well as support for athlete health.
Regularly practicing a particular task is necessary for continuous improvement in all stages of athlete development. This includes the technical, tactical, and physical components of lacrosse. Additionally, good nutrition, mental skills, and sound methods of recovery are equally as important to support successful experiences in lacrosse.
Applying the skills (technical, tactical, mental, etc.) developed through regular training will enable athletes and teams to reach their performance potential during competition. This may be reflected in many ways, from improved physical literacy during the early stages of athlete development, to winning medals at international events as a U.S. National Team member.
Bridging the gap between scientific research and sport is accomplished by generating new knowledge, translating existing evidence, and applying this information to lacrosse. The Center is committed to being involved with innovative, lacrosse-specific research that supports its three foundational pillars.
MedStar Health serves as the trusted medical provider for USA Lacrosse and the U.S. National Teams. Innovative treatments, professional caregivers, and first-class athlete care define this gold medal partnership that prioritizes player health and safety.