Dr. Daniel Herman, lead investigator of a three-year study that examined the effect of protective headgear use on concussion incidence in female high school players, provided the first detailed presentation of the research findings during the 2021 USA Lacrosse Sports Medicine Symposium, presented by MedStar Health.
Herman’s 16-minute presentation is available in its entirety below.
The research team reported a 59 percent greater incidence of concussion in players not wearing headgear specifically designed for women’s lacrosse. This value increased to 74 percent when only considering concussion incidence during games, but was lower (42 percent) when solely focused on practices.
The research study was jointly funded by USA Lacrosse and NOCSAE.