High School Lacrosse Insider for March 2nd

This week's edition of The Insider reveals details from a recent study concerning concussions in high school sports. Plus, 15 Florida lacrosse teams are now eligible for the state tournament this season after playing 2010 as independents. With some impressive wins to start the season, squads like Barron Collier are already having an impact across the Sunshine State.

After Football, Lacrosse Players at Greatest Risk for Concussions, New Study Reveals

A study published by the American Journal of Sports Medicine in January found that high school athletes in the U.S. today are more likely to get a concussion than 10 years ago.

According to the findings, in 2008, there were about five concussions for every 10,000 times that athletes stepped onto a playing surface, a distinct increase from 1997, when a little more than one concussion for every 10,000 exposures had been documented.

Researchers performed studies on 25 different public schools between 1997 and 2008 and across six different sports. Football led the way with the most reported concussions at a rate of 6 per 10,000 exposures. Lacrosse, meanwhile, came in second overall for both boys and girls.

While the exact causes of the rising trend have yet to be determined, many experts believe that more coaches, trainers and players are now recognizing the signs and symptoms of concussions.

New Group of Florida Teams Eligible for State Tournament and Already Making an Impact

Last year, 15 Collier County (FL) boys' and girls' lacrosse programs experienced their first varsity seasons as part of the FHSAA. While some teams flourished and others experienced growing pains playing as independents, none of the programs were eligible for the state playoffs, making for a rather lackluster conclusion to the season.

In 2011, however, all 15 squads will finally get their shot at a district title and an opportunity to play in the FHSAA state series for a championship. So far this season, a handful of teams are already making waves.

On the boys' side, Barron Collier the early-season District 12 favorites is on a roll thanks to four dominating wins to start the season. With recent experience against Florida powers like Saint Andrew's, Lake Brantley and Lake Highland Prep, the Cougars are already seeing major dividends in '11.

Meanwhile on the girls' side, Naples and Barron Collier should compete for the District 11 crown. Barron Collier (3-1) won a state title as a club team in 2009 and sports a talented roster once again. Naples (2-1) is coming off a 9-3 season and will give the Cougars all they can handle come district tournament time.

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