Is Lacrosse Goaltending Safe From Concussions?

Is Lacrosse Goaltending Safe From Concussions?

Coach Edwards here with a new article. I’ve been so busy lately with our Lacrosse Goalie University members that I’ve been slow to post to the blog, so I apologize for that. But I wanted to share a great email I got from a parent named Bill whose daughter is an accomplished soccer goalie. She’s had a series of concussions from soccer and wanted to know, if his daughter switched to playing lacrosse goalie, would she be susceptible to more concussions. My answer is below: Dear Bill, thanks so much for the great question. As a former soccer, hockey and a lacrosse goalie, I’ve got a pretty unique perspective for you. Here’s my fast answer: lacrosse goaltending is definitely quite a safe place for your daughter to play, and I feel her chances of getting a concussion in lacrosse is quite slim. That being said, it could happen, but it is very rare. The fact that a female lacrosse goalie is helmeted, doesn’t leave the crease that much, and there is no checking in the women’s game, leaves a goalie quite safe and sound in the crease. And while a women’s goalie can leave the crease to run, it is also rare, and is also a safe environment. Of the three sports I played men’s goalie in, I was the least injured in lacrosse. In soccer I dislocated a finger and shattered my nose. In addition to ruining my shoulders from diving to the ground. In hockey I took so many pucks to the shoulders they also created long term injuries in addition to being kicked in the head...
Motivation and Skill Quadrant Part 4

Motivation and Skill Quadrant Part 4

[leadplayer_vid id=”5122AEC634061″]   Lacrosse Goalie Tips High Motivation Highly Skilled Quadrant Bullets and Timestamps: [00:00:25] Coach Edwards shares that the goal of the program and coaching is to help get athletes to the next level, especially young kids. [00:01:07] Coach Edwards tells how teaching athletes individually one on one will cause the program to move on to achieve great things. [00:01:27] Why you don’t want to serve the program but not the athlete. [00:01:40] High skilled highly motivated kids surpass their peer’s skill level and need more of a challenge. [00:02:00] The misfortune of kids falling into the “cream of the crap” or “top of the bottom of the barrel” stigma [00:02:20] Coach Edwards’ experience being a highly skilled, highly motivated goalie and needing to look outside his peers for a challenge [00:02:54] The responsibility of a coach toward their highly motivated highly skilled player to see past where they are currently [00:03:32] Coach Edwards gets confronted by a mom for telling her highly skilled, highly motivated son that the shot he made wouldn’t make it past a better goalie [00:04:30] Why it’s good not to let athletes be surprised when what they’ve been doing in games isn’t good enough if they’re trying to showcase. [00:05:27] Coach Edwards warns coaches against being lazy with highly motivated highly skilled athletes. [00:06:19] Help kids see past the team and past the program to the possibilities ahead.   Let’s talk about the highly motivated, highly skilled athlete. Whenever I coach, I have a saying that I share occasionally but mostly it’s in my head. That the whole goal of our program, the...