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Debate stirs about female lax players not wearing helmets

Erin Foster was running toward a groundball at an indoor lacrosse game when she was pushed, sending her unprotected head into a wall.

"It basically cracked my skull," the 20-year-old Ann Arbor Pioneer High School graduate recalled. "They said it was a traumatic head injury, a level up from a concussion. I had to have surgery that night and I still have a scar on my head."

Would a helmet, like the ones worn by male lacrosse players, have helped?

"Yeah, probably," said Foster, who was unable to play for more than a year because of her injury and now attends Calvin College.

Helmets are not a required piece of equipment worn by women...

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