Head injuries and ACL knee injuries are two of the health topics with increasing interest to today’s lacrosse players, parents, and coaches. What are the symptoms of a concussion? How long is the healing process? Are there best practices to help prevent ACL injuries? Is surgery always necessary?

The US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee, in partnership with MedStar Sports Medicine, recently produced two 30-minute informational sessions featuring a panel of medical experts to discuss each of these topics. The sessions were presented in live webinar format, and were also recorded. Both presentations are available for viewing below. Further information about each of the panelists is also provided.

Session 1: ACL Injuries: Treatment and Prevention

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 (30 minutes)

Milford Marchant

Milford H. Marchant Jr., MD

Milford is a sports medicine fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon for MedStar Sports Medicine at MedStar Harbor Hospital. Dr. Marchant is the orthopedic and sports medicine physician for the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse. During his fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, he cared for the 2009 NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers and was an assistant team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kings and Sparks, as well as the Anaheim Ducks.


Karen Sutton

Karen Sutton, MD

Karen serves as the orthopedic physician for the U.S. women’s national lacrosse team, and served previously as the team orthopedic physician for the gold medal-winning U.S. under-19 women’s team in 2011. A former player at Duke University, Dr. Sutton currently works as an attending physician at Yale New Haven Hospital and serves as an assistant professor at the Yale University School of Medicine.


Jay Dyer

Jay Dyer

Jay serves as strength and conditioning coach for the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) for MedStar Union Memorial Hospital Sports Medicine. He has been the strength and conditioning coach for the Johns Hopkins University men's lacrosse and basketball teams, UMBC women's lacrosse team, and numerous professional athletes including Major League Lacrosse members.


Justin Cooper

Justin Cooper, PT, MPT

Justin is the clinic coordinator at MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network at MedStar Harbor Hospital and also works alongside the orthopedic surgeons for the Baltimore Ravens and Chesapeake Bayhawks. He is an ABPTS board certified sport medicine specialist who has worked with scholastic, NCAA, NFL and MLL athletes. Cooper offers specialty programs for ACL rehabilitation and injury prevention using sports motion video analysis.


Session 2: The Facts on Head Injuries in Lacrosse

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 (30 minutes)

Andrew Lincoln

Andrew E. Lincoln, ScD

Andrew a member of the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee, is the director of the Sports Medicine Research Center for the MedStar Health Research Institute and program coordinator of the MedStar Sports Medicine Concussion Program. He specializes in the epidemiology of concussion and sports injuries and sports health policy, and coordinates research activity for the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee and the NFL Subcommittee on Cardiovascular Health.


Sean Curtin

Sean Curtin, MD

Sean is a primary care sports medicine physician at MedStar and serves as team physician for the U.S. Women’s National Lacrosse Team as well as assistant team physician for the Baltimore Ravens. He has also been a team physician for Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. Dr. Curtin maintains a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine and serves as a sports medicine consultant for Harford County (Md.) public school athletics. He has extensive experience in concussion management.


Ann Carpenetti

Ann Carpenetti

Ann is vice president of lacrosse operations at US Lacrosse, and served previously as the organization’s women’s division director. A member of the US Lacrosse staff since 2004, Carpenetti is responsible for providing strategic leadership to USL's men's and women's game committees and managing the men's and women's game directors, among other duties. A former high school player on Long Island and collegiately at the University of Buffalo, she is also an active local women's lacrosse umpire.


Ruben Echemendia

Ruben Echemendia, PhD

Ruben is the director of the National Hockey League’s Neuropsychological Testing Program and chair of the NHL’s Concussion Working Group. He is also chair of Major League Soccer's concussion program and is the consulting clinical neuropsychologist to the US Soccer Federation and the U.S. Soccer National Teams. He is the founder of the Penn State University Concussion Program and the consulting neuropsychologist to Princeton University's Department of Athletic Medicine.



Richard Hinton

Richard Y. Hinton, MD, MPH

Richard is an executive member of the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee and was head team physician of the gold-medal winning 2013 U.S. women’s lacrosse team. He is the medical director of MedStar Sports Medicine North and director of the MedStar Sports Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Hinton also serves as team physician for the Towson University men’s and women’s lacrosse programs, Morgan State University, and St. Paul's School for Boys. He is an assistant team physician for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.

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