Playing lacrosse is like playing any other sport when it comes to safety. But what does safety in sports mean? To me, it means understanding your owns strength as much as you understand the rules of the game. There are sports much more dangerous than lacrosse like hockey or football, but safety stays the same. It means being in control of your limbs, and using your lacrosse stick as an extension of yourself.
The dangers of not knowing your own strength can lead to injuring other players. One of the easiest ways I find to keep safety on the field or in the arena is to play for fun rather than play to win. Of course, professional teams in tournaments play to win, but by keeping in mind that this is a game and that it’s supposed to be fun will prevent unneeded aggression. Aggression in sports is one of the leading causes of injury.
Winning may be fun, as I mention in another post, but winning isn’t everything.
Also, making sure your sports equipment is well maintained and in working order will prevent yourself from getting injured. In the sport of fencing this could not be more important, because a faulty piece of armor can lead to someone getting stabbed in the eye. But keeping well-maintained equipment is important for every sport, even fishing. Take boating for example. Would you go boat racing in the ocean if you knew your life jacket didn’t work? No! Of course you wouldn’t! So then why would you play lacrosse if you knew your lacrosse stick had a fracture in it or your helmet was broken?
Taking all this into account when playing sports can lead to a safer game. And safety in sports means everyone gets to have a better time in the end.