June 18, 2021 Commotio Cordis is a rare but potentially fatal injury that results from a blow to the chest, and in lacrosse, it’s often caused by contact via a shot or pass.
The injury has received a lot of attention this spring, first because of the implementation of a new NOCSAE standard for goalie chest protectors that went into effect this year, and new shoulder pads, which goes into effect Jan, 1, 2022.
More seriously, however, the issue was brought to life in April when Loyola Blakefield (Md.) freshman Peter Laake was hit in the chest with a shot and had to be resuscitated by an AED on the field. His was truly an amazing story, and brought a lot of needed attention to the new chest protector and shoulder pad issue.
Lacrosse Unlimited, and the Lacrosse Unlimited Foundation, announced a program this week to provide shoulder pads to players or programs in need. Check out the release below.
Official Press Release
EDGEWOOD, N.Y. — Lacrosse Unlimited, the world’s largest purveyor of lacrosse gear, is proud to be launching its shoulder pad “Give and Grow” program. For every 25 shoulder pads purchased through Lacrosse Unlimited, they will donate one shoulder pad back to a program in need. This aligns with Lacrosse Unlimited’s core values and The Lacrosse Unlimited Foundation’s mission to make a difference in the community through the sport of lacrosse.
This program coincides with the roll out by NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) of new shoulder pad safety rules, aimed to prevent Commotio Cordis, a rare but extremely dangerous injury that can cause sudden death. Starting January of 2022, all shoulder pads must be NOCSAE approved. As players transition to the new equipment, Lacrosse Unlimited will GIVE back to players who need it most & help GROW the game in all communities by ensuring no players get left behind in this important safety transition.
To learn more about the new rule change visit: www.lacrosseunlimited.com/lacrosse-rules-changes
Lacrosse Unlimited carries a large selection of NOCSAE approved shoulder pads from STX, Maverik and Warrior Lacrosse both in stores and online. Join the Give & Grow program by getting your gear at your local Lacrosse Unlimited store or visit www.LacrosseUnlimited.com.
“Player safety is such critical part of the game of Lacrosse, and with our Give & Grow program, we can help ensure that all Lacrosse programs have access to the safest protective gear in the market” says Lacrosse Unlimited founder Joe DeSimone.