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.