Lacrosse Player Safety Tips
Lacrosse is a relatively safe team sport, however it is important to be prepared. Because lacrosse is a sport played with frequent back-to-back games it is important to know how to prevent injuries as well as treat accidents when/of they occur. Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind:
Proper nutrition is crucial for athletes. Ensuring adequate hydration and carbohydrates before practices and games can not only mean the difference between winning and losing, but also the difference between strength and weakness. By fueling up properly athletes can diminish their chances of injury due to fatigue.
Common injuries among lacrosse athletes include knee (ACL) and ankle injuries. Stretching regularly and even incorporating exercises like yoga into practice routines can mean the difference between an injury and a strong, prepared body. It is important to stretch before and after engaging in lacrosse-related activity.
Lower body strength exercises are extremely beneficial to lacrosse athletes because as mentioned above knee injuries and ankle injuries can occur quite frequently. Having a training routine will prove beneficial during game time and in regards to injury risk.
First Aid and CPR Training
Being trained and certified in First Aid and CPR as a coach, athlete or parent is extremely beneficial as it could mean the difference between a treating an injury on the spot rather than visiting the hospital. In addition to first aid, heart attacks can occur at any age and any time, thus being prepared for larger incidences such as cardiac arrest could mean the difference between life and death.
Adequate First Aid Kit
An adequate First Aid Kit is highly recommended, it is also important to maintain a stocked kit and check regularly for expired items. Here are a few of our most popular kits among coaches and athletes:
- Sports Kit Standard
- Sports Kit Deluxe
- Athletic Kit Standard
- Athletic Kit Deluxe
- Hockey Coach/Trainer Kit
Automated External Defibrillators
As mentioned above heart attack can occur at any age so it is important to be prepared when these accidents occur. Training and playing in a facility with an AED onsite is crucial. First Aid Canada recommends the Philips HeartStart Onsite Defibrillator as this device is portable and extremely easy to use. For more information click the link below:
For any questions regarding any of the items mentioned above do not hesitate to contact the First Aid Canada Team at 1-855-322-4243.