New Rule Institutes Helmets to Protect Against Concussions
Pelham (N.H.) High School recently instituted a rule requiring female lacrosse players to wear helmets, which is the first of its kind in the state.
Although helmets have been a staple of boys’ lacrosse equipment for years, it’s rarely mandatory for the girls’ game. But Pelham (N.H.) High School decided to change that. It recently instituted a rule requiring female lacrosse players to wear helmets, which is the first of its kind in the state.
According to WMUR 9, while girls’ lacrosse typically has less physical contact than the boys’ game, Pelham players suffered nine concussions last year. John Fichera, Pelham’s Head Girls’ Lacrosse Coach, said all nine were due to balls hitting the players’ heads.
“It’s not protecting against players that don’t know how to play or protecting against coaches that don’t know how to coach,” Fichera said. “It’s protecting against things that just happen. They’re accidental things.”
Fichera said the helmets would protect the athletes from being hit with a ball or a stick but would not injure other players in a head-to-head collision. Pelham Athletic Trainer Erin Tufts, ATC, reports that the helmets have worked well so far.
“I know they’ve had about seven hits in the head with a ball or a stick, and there’s been no concussions,” she said.
Tina Nutter, whose daughter plays for Pelham, said she approves of the helmets, even if the student-athletes aren’t wild about them.
“I think the girls should be wearing them,” she said. “They’ll all disagree with me, but I think they should be wearing them.”
Pelham bought 35 helmets for $100 each, and the helmets are expected to last for years.
“All the kids want to do is go out and play, so anything we can do to help prevent their brain from getting damaged is the best for them,” Fichera said.
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