Alanna Waters: Lacrosse Coach Praises Introduction of New Headgear
Alanna Waters, lacrosse coach, applauds efforts to develop more effective headgear and protect the wellbeing of young lacrosse players.
WHEATON, Ill., Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Azom.com has released an article detailing a new form of headgear from Crasche. Called the Crasche Middie, this particular piece of safety equipment was designed to reduce the risk that female lacrosse players face with regard to developing a concussion. Alanna Waters, lacrosse coach, believes this to be a positive development, as she understands the importance of protecting young players from the physical dangers that the game presents.
According to the article, the headgear achieved 94 percent impact resistance when tested with a lacrosse stick moving at 38 miles per hour. Additionally, covering the headform used during testing reduced the Severity Index from over 1,050 to 68. Concussions, the article notes, take place at a level of 300 and above.
Robert Emmett, who invented the product, asserts: "The test results have shown that the Crasche Middie provides a very high level of protection against concussion in girls lacrosse. The Crasche Middie does not offer the protection of a helmet, but when used in girls lacrosse, it will reduce the risk of concussion by well over 90 percent."
"As a player and a coach, I have seen firsthand how serious concussions are and how important head protection is as the game continues to become more and more intense," comments Alanna Waters, lacrosse coach. "Players are learning at younger ages and their athletic capabilities by the time they play high school and college lacrosse far succeed what they have been in the past. The competition is more and more fierce and, as players become stronger, their ability to hurt each other is more serious. I didn't even wear goggles when I was a freshman high school player, but nowadays, with the level of skill you see on the field, it would be crazy not to be protected. The debate continues on whether or not further protection is necessary, but it is clear that, with the increase in concussions, more protection is important. It shouldn't mean players become more aggressive because they are better protected. I think that Crasche's new protective headgear is great and is an important step that is necessary to take as women's lacrosse continues to be America's fastest growing sport."
Waters encourages all lacrosse players and coaches to be vigilant for this and other innovations in safety equipment, as she believes that such products play an integral role in keeping players safe on the field.
Alanna Waters, lacrosse enthusiast, is currently acting as the assistant women's lacrosse coach at Wheaton College. In 2011 and 2012, Alanna Waters, lacrosse coach, guided the Junior Varsity Burlington High School team. In addition to her experience on the field, she holds certification from the NCAA as well as credentials in the fundamentals of coaching, fundamentals of girls' lacrosse, concussion safety, and first aid from the National Federation of State High School Associations. Alanna Waters, lacrosse coach, serves as a valued member of the coaching team and anticipates continuing to provide the guidance that drives her players to success.
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