Fractures in women lacrosse players: preventable injuries

J Emerg Med. 1987 May-Jun;5(3):177-80. doi: 10.1016/0736-4679(87)90175-2.


Women field-lacrosse players, except the goalkeeper, do not wear protective equipment and are therefore susceptible to bony injuries by either the lacrosse stick or ball. The purpose of this article is to document one case of a finger fracture and another of a nasal fracture caused by an impact injury from lacrosse sticks in women field-lacrosse players. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 73.6% of the fractures in women field-lacrosse players that occur annually are located in the head, face, hand, or fingers. These injuries could be easily prevented by protective equipment (face mask or helmet) or gloves.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Athletic Injuries / etiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Nasal Bone / diagnostic imaging
  • Nasal Bone / injuries*
  • Protective Devices
  • Radiography
  • Skull Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Skull Fractures / etiology*
  • Skull Fractures / prevention & control
  • Thumb / diagnostic imaging
  • Thumb / injuries*