Handle with care: How sports equipment affects biomechanics and injury risk

If you’re walking down the street carrying two bags of groceries, you’ll move differently than when you’re walking unencumbered. Taking that idea a step further, it makes sense intuitively that carrying a lacrosse stick, football, or any other sports implement will affect an athlete’s biomechanics. This phenomenon, often observed anecdotally by lower extremity clinicians, is increasingly becoming a focus of biomechanical research.

If you’re walking down the street carrying two bags of groceries, you’ll move differently than when you’re walking unencumbered. Taking that idea a step further, it makes sense intuitively that carrying a lacrosse stick, football, or any other sports implement will affect an athlete’s biomechanics. This phenomenon, often observed anecdotally by lower extremity clinicians, is increasingly becoming a focus of biomechanical research.

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Handle with care: How sports equipment affects biomechanics and injury risk