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Who should set the rules for lacrosse?

Regarding your article about headgear worn by women lacrosse players, why is the government meddling in a topic it knows so little about? ("Headgear bill criticized," Feb. 14.)

Del. Jon S. Cardin was quoted as saying his bill aims to get a conversation started. What conversation? Concussions?

U.S. Lacrosse and its constituents have consistently informed players, coaches, referees and administrators of every aspect of how to recognize and deal with concussions. Helmets are not the answer to preventing concussions in lacrosse, or in any other sport for that matter.

In fact, there are more concussions in soccer than in women's lacrosse. Should the state mandate helmets for soccer players as well?

One question the government should be considering is whether rougher games will ensue if helmets are mandated, thus forcing girls to wear even more protective gear. Is this what officials want?

Why not let the government tend to governing and the governing body of lacrosse regulate the sport? That would be in the best interest of everyone involved.

Ruthie Lavelle

The writer is president of the Maryland Youth Lacrosse Association.

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