A recent study aimed to quantify the head impacts associated with practicing and playing collegiate lacrosse. 14 women’s and 15 men’s lacrosseMale lacrosse player players wore accelerometers to measure the frequency and severity of head impacts during official practices and games.

Men’s and women’s collegiate lacrosse players did not significantly differ in the number of head impacts received during games or practices. Men averaged 11.5 impacts in games, compared to 9.2 for women. In practices, male and female lacrosse players averaged 3.1 impacts per practice.

Source: American Journal of Sports Medicine, published online June 8, 2016