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Lacrosse coaches say athletes’ mental health needs as much care as physical injuries

Yeardley Love, a student at the University of Virginia from Baltimore, was a dedicated lacrosse player known for a sunny disposition and her work to help those in need.

She was also the victim of domestic violence, killed nearly nine years ago by her ex-boyfriend. Last weekend, her story again took center stage at the Sports Medicine Symposium part of the annual U.S. Lacrosse convention at the Convention Center, where coaches, trainers, officials, and players talked not just about their sport, but also about the stresses athletes can face.

“This isn’t a woman’s issue, it’s an everyone’s issue,” she said.

“We need to break down barriers and talk about relationship abuse,” Crosley said.



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