At the middle and high school level, are there differences in rates and severity of injury, between girls' and boys' lacrosse?
If there is a difference, what would explain it, in terms of actual play? Potential factors are safety gear, rules, customs, or style, but others can be included where necessary.
I have read some newspaper articles with photographs showing boys waving sticks and hitting players. It seems to be called "checking." We got a glimpse of a girls' lacrosse game and got the impression they had less protective gear and used the sticks less as weapons.
My concern originated from reading a newspaper report of a college lacrosse player dying after getting hit by the ball in the chest. I believe there was some sort of heart abnormality that hadn't been detected previously.
Update: My son finally wore me down and he has now played one season of high school lacrosse. He played defense. He claims this is a less dangerous position ("I don't get hit with a stick, I'm the one hitting other people with a stick"). I went to most of the games. I don't know if we were just lucky -- but I didn't see any injuries. I'm still saying no to ice hockey and American football.