Head, face and eye injuries common in women’s field hockey

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Head, face and eye injuries common in women’s field hockey

(Reuters Health) – Head, face and eye injuries happen regularly in women’s collegiate field hockey and can often lead to concussions, a study suggests.

Researchers reviewed injuries reported by National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) schools sponsoring women’s field hockey teams and found most of these types of injuries involved contact with a ball or stick. Concussions accounted for about 43 percent of injuries.

With the ball and stick being as hard as they are, it is not surprising that when lifted off of the playing surface, even when legally done, this can cause significant injury said lead study author Dr. Elizabeth Gardner, a sports medicine researcher at Yale University School of Medicine.


Original source of this content: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-fieldhockey-head-injuries-idUSKCN0PI2NG20150708