Lacrosse Injuries & Physical Therapy
Expert Focus on Lacrosse Rehab and Injury Prevention
Baltimore is a hotbed of lacrosse competition. With the aggressive nature of the sport comes injury. At True Sports Physical Therapy, we set ourselves apart in Maryland’s sports physical therapy arena with our expert focus on lacrosse rehabilitation and injury prevention.
From high school players to World Cup champions, our physical therapists have years of experience treating lacrosse athletes. We understand your sport and know what it takes to not only help you recover from injury, we help prevent its recurrence.
Common Lacrosse Injuries
Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. Men’s and women’s rules of play differ significantly and injuries may differ by position. It’s important for you as an athlete to receive individualized conditioning and training to lessen the risk of injury. Most common injuries include:
- Ankle Sprain – An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments of your ankle tear. Ligaments hold part of the ankle in place or attach it to the foot or leg.
- Head and Face Contusion – A contusion injures the capillaries under your skin, commonly known as a bruise.
- Concussion – A concussion occurs when your head takes a hit, causing your brain to rattle around in the fluid in which it sits.
- Knee Sprain (ACL, MCL) – A knee sprain injures the ligaments that connect your upper leg bone to your lower bones at the knee.
- Wrist Fracture – A wrist sprain is a common sports injury that occurs when your wrist is overextended and tears occur in the ligaments.
- Hip Flexor Strain – Your hip flexor muscle lifts your knee so you can perform high kicks. Your hip flexor also lets you bend at the waist.
- Low Back Pain— Low back pain that radiates from the tailbone down into the thighs is often an indication of injury to the lower back.
Typical Surgeries To Repair Lacrosse Injuries
While many injuries can be treated with a combination of casting, bracing and physical therapy, some lacrosse injuries may require surgery to get you back in the field, such as:
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tears
An ACL tear may require surgery to replace the torn ligament with tissue from somewhere else on the knee.
- Shoulder Dislocations
With a shoulder dislocation, the ball of the shoulder joint falls out of the socket – the groove in the shoulder blade where the ball sits. By putting the ball back in the socket, pain is reduced almost immediately.
- Meniscus Tears
A torn meniscus in the knee can sometimes heal on its own. But a partial or full meniscectomy may be necessary to trim the damaged meniscus tissue.
- Patellar Instability
Also known as a dislocated kneecap, surgery may be necessary when the dislocation continues to occur.
- Severe Fractures
Depending on what bone is broken, the location of the break and the fracture pattern, surgery may be necessary to set it.
The act of swinging a bat can cause pressure on the lower back and possibly fracture vertebrae in the spine. while often aided by physical therapy, if left untreated, this condition can progress to a more serious condition where the fractured vertebrae slip out of place and put pressure on the nerves of the spine. Surgery can prevent this.
The True Sports Sweet Spot – Sports-Specific Physical Therapists
Having sports-specific physical therapists means no matter what sport you play; we’ve got a specialist with an in-depth understanding of your sport as well as what it will take to get you back on the field.
At True Sports, we have staff members who are national lacrosse champions. Lacrosse athletes not only get the specialized treatment you require, we know yourr sport and the goals you have for your performance. We get you back to playing your sport stronger and faster.
Our physical therapists have rehabilitated all kinds of lacrosse athletes. True Sports is the official therapy provider to Israel Lacrosse; we have provided exceptional care to professional lacrosse players from Major League Lacrosse, Premier Lacrosse League and National Indoor Lacrosse League; we also provided rehab care at the World Lacrosse Games in 2014 and 2018 as well as the World Cup of Women’s Lacrosse, which took place in England in 2017.
True Sports physical therapists have the knowledge, skills and experience to help the most elite, performance-driven athletes get back out on the playing field and to their fans.
Each of our specialists holds a doctorate degree in physical therapy and passes rigorous training in other areas of expertise, such as:
- Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS)
- Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
- Sports Certified Specialist (SCS)
- Trigger Point Dry Needling (Cert. DN)
We determine the cause of your lacrosse injury, rehabilitate that injury and develop a plan to prevent further injury down the road. As part of your complete care plan, our highly trained specialists will tailor a specialized treatment plan specific to your needs. We work with you to set goals for recovery and allow you to take responsibility for success. You’ll be able to return to lacrosse (and your other daily activities) without debilitating pain.
The True Test – Lacrosse Training Tips for Quick Improvement
- Start a workout regimen and stick to it. Lifting before and in-season are important.
- Hit the wall every day with alternating hands for an hour. The smoother that gets, the better.
- Include cardiovascular exercise to improve everything from endurance to heart and lung strength.
- Work with a partner. Depending on your position, take shots, shoot or do one-on-ones with another teammate to work on dodging and defense.
- Play other sports to improve conditioning and footwork.
- Watch film and study the game to increase your lacrosse IQ. It is easy to grab video with a Go-Pro.
- Teach lacrosse to younger players and give back to the community. This will help with your own skills and keep you fresh.
- Stay in touch with regular teammates and physical therapists to build chemistry as a unit.
- Maintain a healthy diet in-season and off-season. Eat well and eat often.
Schedule An Appointment Today.
With convenient locations throughout the Baltimore area, including Fell’s Point, Timonium, Woodbine, Columbia and Abingdon, True Sports Physical Therapy is the preferred choice of any athletes and weekend warriors ready to experience the highest level of therapeutic expertise and rehabilitative care. Select your location and schedule an appointment online or call 1-410-946-1672. Contact us at your convenience by phone, 1-410-946-1672, or website message.
To save time when you arrive, complete our new patient form online or download our new patient packet and bring a completed copy with you to your first appointment. We work with most health insurance organizations. Please call our office at 1-401-946-1672 and our admin team will verify your insurance plan or ask us about our Self Pay rates.
"There is no PT practice that knows lacrosse rehab like True Sports. They work with the best and provide the best. Highly recommend to any of teammates.”
- Deemer Class, 2x NCAA Champion, Duke MLAX.
"True Sports knows lacrosse rehab. They are by far the best sports physical therapy providers I have worked with. I highly recommend them for any sports rehab needs.”
- K. Harrison, 2x National champion, Tewaaraton Award winner.
"The absolute best sports PT I have come across. Their knowledge of the needs of elite lacrosse players is unmatched. I highly recommend them for all your sports rehab needs.”
- Max Seibald, Tewaaraton Winner, 2 time Team USA Player and Team Israel player
710 Ann St
Baltimore, MD 21231
2240 Greenspring Dr.
Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
15870 Frederick Road
Woodbine, MD 21797
1305 Governor Ct
Abingdon, MD 21009
Columbia, MD 21045