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College Crosse Prospectus: Sacred Heart Professor’s Study About Lacrosse Injuries Published

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for March 21, 2017.

What You Missed

It’s another crazy week around the polls.

The craziness has also affected Philly’s teams.

Nobody has left the Reverse Survivor island since last week.

The only polls that you can trust: ours.

Check out the nice timelapse video from Hobart’s game this weekend.

Doc’s got his weekly media poll post.

Joe Keegan’s got another hot 10-Man Ride post.

Lacrosse The Nation

A professor at Sacred Heart, a lacrosse school, says that multiple subconcussive impacts can affect a player in the long run and increases the risk of lower extremity injury.

The Sacred Heart study, which was epublished by Sports Health in January, included 34 collegiate men’s lacrosse players (average age 19 years) who wore instrumented helmets that collected head impact exposure data. The researchers evaluated linear acceleration along with two injury tolerance scores, head injury criteria and Gadd Severity Index.

The participants also completed a Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) test once during the preseason and once during the postseason.

The number of errors on the BESS test increased from pre­season to postseason for double-leg stance on foam, tandem stance on foam, total number of errors on a firm surface, and total number of errors on foam. The total errors on the foam were significantly correlated with linear acceleration, head injury criteria, and Gadd Severity Index scores.

Miyashita said the research­ers believe the association found between the subconcussive mea­sures and BESS scores on the foam surface suggests the cumulative subconcussive impacts contributed to the decrease in BESS performance from pre- to postseason.

To put the Rutgers’ #1 ranking into context:

A former alumni (who was on the second-to-last Rutgers team to go No. 1) is happy about that.

And with that #1 ranking, the team goes from the hunter to the hunted, by Keith Sargeant of NJ.com.

"It's nice to be the hunter,'' [Brian] Brecht said. "It's a different position to be hunted. It's a great accomplishment for them, first and foremost. It's great for our institution and all of our alumni that have been playing lacrosse here for 100 seasons.''

Brecht's squad climbed two spots in the USILA/Nike Coaches poll, moving to No. 3 behind top-ranked Penn State and Notre Dame. The Scarlet Knights were ranked No. 5 in the sport's authoritative poll and their media-poll standing mirrored that last week.

"I don't think (the No. 1 ranking) changes who we are and our approach during the week to game day,'' Brecht said. "(The players) certainly did a good job to put themselves in this situation in the first half of the season. We certainly have a lot lacrosse left, and I do like the way this group prepares for game day during the week and responds to challenges, and this is just another challenge that this team is going to have to be able to understand and obviously conquer.''

The Scarlet Knights remained unblemished through the first six weeks of the season thanks to a 10-6 road triumph over NJIT on Saturday. A pair of underclassmen -- freshman Kieran Mullins and redshirt sophomore Casey Rose -- registered hat tricks with three goals apiece as Rutgers won its penultimate non-conference game leading into Big Ten play.

Speaking of famous alumni.

It’ll be hard for Ohio State for the remainder of the season:

This week’s conference and national honors:

Sergio Perkovic got ACC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Big Cat is going to be the next great lacrosse superstar.

Denver takes no days off.

Towson’s gonna have new helmets for this weekend.

Get to know Penn State’s Grant Ament!

This week’s Hofstra Coaches Report:

A great story on former Brown players Bailey Tills and Jack Kelly as they play on the Denver Outlaws of the MLL, from Cal Barash-David of The Brown Daily Herald.

In Denver, the Brown duo gets to play in Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, the home of the Denver Broncos. The team’s Fourth of July game packs the stands, regularly drawing about 30,000 fans.

“To be honest with you, I’d rather play on (Stevenson-Pincince Field) any day of the week,” Tills said. “We had the best fans at Brown.”

Now, Tills is a fan himself. “I try to watch every game on the Ivy League Network,” he said.

While they are flying around the country during the summer months, Kelly and Tills often get to play against some familiar faces and old friends. Brendan Caputo ’16 and John Yozzo-Scapperrota ’16 play for the Charlotte Hounds, Will Gural ’16 plays for the Florida Launch and Kylor Bellistri ’16 plays for the Boston Cannons.

With the high school season starting very soon, here’s previews of the Inter-Ac league and Maryland high school rankings.

Philly Jawns

STAND UP, NEW JERSEY! Friendly’s is opening their first drive-thru in Mount Laurel!

World News

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Video of the Day

Let’s go sneaker shopping with Desiigner. Can you try and understand what he’s saying?

Ten games are on tap for today, including a Long Island darby between Stony Brook and Hofstra, along with Harvard-BU and Bucknell-Villanova.

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