E2288. Musculoskeletal Injuries in Lacrosse: Sticking to the Facts
Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the United States at the high school and collegiate level. Lacrosse includes elements of physical contact that can result in traumatic injuries and other unique physical stressors that can lead to non-contact and overuse type injuries of the musculoskeletal system. Our exhibit will increase awareness of the unique pathophysiological mechanisms, injury patterns, and imaging findings that are commonly seen in lacrosse players.
Educational Goals / Teaching Points
The objectives of this educational exhibit are 1) To review epidemiology of lacrosse-related musculoskeletal injuries, 2) To identify pathophysiological mechanisms linked to lacrosse-related injuries, 3) To illustrate the range of lacrosse-related injuries, their imaging findings, and treatments through case-based review, including radiographs, CT, and MRI of the upper and lower extremities and spine.
Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
Key Pathophysiological Mechanisms of Injury: a. Direct trauma (player to player, stick to player, ball to player), b. Non-contact injuries, c. Overuse injuries
Common Injuries/Imaging Findings: a. Upper Extremity Injuries (shoulder dislocation/labral tears, clavicle fractures, AC joint sprain, hand/wrist fractures), b. Lower Extremity Injuries (knee injuries including ACL and MCL tears/meniscus tears, fractures of the foot/ankle including stress fractures, Achilles tendon tear, ankle ligament sprains/tears, contusions), c. Spine Injuries (intervertebral disc pathology, osseous injuries).
Imaging Techniques: Plain radiographs, CT, MRI.
As the prevalence of lacrosse-related injuries rapidly increases, an understanding of the unique pathophysiological mechanisms and injury patterns encountered in lacrosse players enables accurate diagnosis and treatment.