The vice chair of academic affairs at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute in Virginia, Dr. Christopher Defilippi has a passion for research. Dr. Christopher Defilippi is also a devoted father of three children, two of whom are competitive lacrosse players seeking Division 1 college scholarships.
One of the fastest-growing sports in America, lacrosse has added over 557 teams at the college level since 2009. The sport involves using netted sticks to advance a small ball downfield and score points by putting the ball in the opposing team’s goal. Originally developed by Native Americans and considered one of the first sports in America, lacrosse was widely adopted by the French and the Canadians.
In addition to the aforementioned lacrosse stick and small rubber ball, lacrosse equipment includes a protective helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, and arm pads. This equipment is required for safety, since lacrosse is a contact sport. Goalies often wear a heavier variation of this equipment, such as full chest padding, as they play in the goal crease throughout the game. Much of the equipment is customizable, so it is not uncommon to see players with different styles of sticks or pads.