By Ainon Hia Kazol ‘18 and Rachel Rodin ‘18
The Lady Hornets start their new lacrosse season this year with a new change regarding the protective gear. Girls are required to wear new helmets specifically designed for the game.
In past seasons, players wore goggles, protecting only eye area. The new helmets are designed to shield the whole top half of the player’s head.
Qurrahtulain (Queen) Ashfaq ‘18, attack for the Girls Varsity team said, “This was a necessary change because we’ve had many injuries, especially head injuries. When I first wore the new helmet, I felt more safe and secure.”
Many of the Lady Hornets find inconvenience with adjusting to the new headgear.
“This was a drastic change from the goggles because it was so much easier just to slip them on and go onto the field,” said Dorlleen Jiang ‘19, midfielder for Girls JV team.
Jiang also stated that she prefers the goggles over the helmets simply because the goggles were a lot more convenient for her during practices and games.
Cong Wing Li ‘19, midfielder for the Girls Varsity team said, “Unlike boys lacrosse where they require helmets because it’s a lot more aggressive, girls lacrosse is more based on skills and our ability to connect our throws and catches, so, why do we need helmets when we’re not even allowed to push or be aggressive?”
As a safety issue for the girls on the team, many parents became concerned of their daughter’s safety. However, public health official, Dawn Comstock, has tried to resolve this safety hazard. According to the New York Times, Comstock of the Colorado School of Public Health explained that, “… among boys, 22 percent of their injuries were concussions and, among girls, 23 percent of their injuries were concussions.”
Helmets may help with concussions, but not significantly enough to justify making female player uncomfortable. If the girls team collectively feels that they can play without helmets, there should be no set rule to make helmets necessary.
Based on sports concussion statistics, football players suffered from 64 -76.8 concussions per athletic exposure while soccer players suffered from 52-52.2 concussions per athletic exposure, despite their lack of safety gear.