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Lexi Shield Review – Lacrosse Goalie Concussion Prevention

Back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s when I played college lacrosse concussions weren’t really talked about and monitored like they are today.

I remember a few incidents – one where I took a crank to the dome from point blank range and another where I took a hard hit while outside the crease – where in retrospect I probably had at least a mild concussion. Yet I kept playing.

Today there’s tons of research showing just how negatively concussions affect the brain and other motor functions in athletes.

As a lacrosse goalie we are at risk of concussion. Players nowadays just shoot too hard and there’s a high probability that you’ll eventually take a shot off the helmet. Combine that with the fact that helmets these days are designed to be light and stylish versus bulky and protective.

Knowing how bad concussions affect our brain, as goalies we should be doing everything we can to prevent concussions.

Today we’ll review a device called the Lexi Shield that is built to help with that exact purpose – prevent concussions.

It’s something I wish I had back in my playing days and something I’d recommend every goalie wears during practice.

Let’s have a look.

Lexi Shield Introduction

For those unfamiliar with the Lexi Shield, it’s a piece of equipment that attaches to the visor part of your goalie helmet in the attempt to reduce impact to the brain from shots that hit your forehead.

Lexi Shield

It was invented by lacrosse coach and entrepreneur Hervie Lamb after he saw his All Conference First Team goalie (Lexi) get concussed several times from shots to the forehead.

Thus he invented the Lexi Shield.

Installation is fairly straight forward:

  • Remove the center face mask screw from the helmet.
  • Fit the shield on the helmet, aligning the screw hole for the best fit.
  • Attach the shield with one of the screws enclosed, using the longer screw to attach the shield through the upper hole; or the shorter screw through the lower hole.

The Lexi Shield is equipped to fit Cascades R and S and also CPVR or similar helmets.

Attach your shield to a Cascade R helmet – or similar helmet through the upper screw hole using the longer screw provided.

Or attach it to a Cascade-CPVR or similar helmet by using the lower screw hole and shorter screw provided.

Here’s the explainer video from the Lexi Shield site:

Lexi Shield Fit

The Lexi Shield does a great job of conforming around the helmet, with no movement on the helmet. I had mixed thoughts about how it’d feel, but once it’s properly installed on the helmet you don’t even notice it’s there.

Moving around in and out of the cage with the Lexi Shield also brought no extra difficulties as well. The protective piece did not shift at all and didn’t add any extra bulky weight to the helmet.

Finally, blocked vision wasn’t a factor either. Once installed properly you can’t really see the Lexi Shield and you actually forget its there.

The way it conforms around the helmet and the weight of the shield itself was surprisingly comfortable and didn’t affect my play in a negative way whatsoever.

Lexi Shield

Lexi Shield Design

Putting on the Lexi Shield was simple, and the installation time is about 5-10 minutes. It can be a bit difficult inserting the shield on the helmet itself, but once screwed on, it fits snug on the front of the helmet.

In terms of being aesthetically pleasing, I feel like it could look a bit better. However, when it comes to safety products, especially in the realm of preventing concussions, it isn’t often we’d see a sleek design for that use.

This of course isn’t to say redesigns wouldn’t be a horrible idea. I would even argue that some players wouldn’t wear such a device if it didn’t look good. Concepts of possibly making the Lexi Shield thinner I think would help the aesthetics, of course as long as it didn’t take away from the safety of the product.

Now, its actual design does a great job of covering the area above the facemask great. I liked personally how the shield wraps a bit, just in case the shot slides of the side of the helmet, you’ll still be protected.

Lexi Shield


The Lexi Shield costs $29.95 + $4.49 shipping. You can get it on Amazon here.

Under $30 for a piece of equipment that helps prevent concussions while not impacting performance is a no brainer in my opinion.

I personally see that price being rather low, considering the amount of protection it offers and the lack of competition for similar protective devices.

The only other device I know of that services this same protective function is the Guardian Cap which looks more like a rugby headgear and is definitely not as conspicuous as the Lexi Shield.

The Guardian Cap is also more expensive at $46 + $10 shipping.

If you’ve had a prior concussion and/or are worried about them, or just want a piece of added safety to increase your confidence in goal with, the Lexi Shield is almost a no-brainer.


So the million dollar question – does the Lexi Shield actually prevent concussions?

The Lexi Shield team commissioned an independent study which showed that the forehead impact from an 80 mph shot was reduced 65% when using the Lexi Shield.

It that enough to prevent a concussion. I have no idea. But a 65% reduction in the force of a blow to the forehead will definitely go a long way towards preventing damage.

Like the crazy goalie I am I wanted to feel this reduction in impact myself. Especially since high school and college players in today’s game have no problem reaching triple digits with their crank shots.

Despite the apparent lack of testing of faster shots, I still can account for the Lexi Shield itself doing a great job at protecting my dome. Through a few practices and shot sessions, I took a few dome shots and really felt a difference.

The feeling was like having your helmet being a few inches thicker, but not having the weight that would come with it. I was pleased with how it performed in actually being a safety device, which should be the most important area.

Lexi Shield

Lexi Shield Final Thoughts

Awhile back I wrote a post about lacrosse goalie inventions that need to happen. One item I suggested was a “lacrosse goalie helmet” that would rid goalies of concussions.

Implementing the Lexi Shield into a standard Cascade S helmet would be a great start. That way goalies could enjoy the added frontal dome protection and since Cascade is dedicated to style it would probably look amazing as well.

Another thing about the Lexi Shield – it’s unclear to me if these things are legal to wear during games or not.

The rulebook doesn’t directly address helmet add-ons in any way. However NOCSAE, the group which certifies all protective helmets, has stated that any helmet additions sold separately where deemed to nullify that helmet’s certification.

An interesting position given that technically the throat guard is a helmet addition.

The rulebook does state that the goalie’s protective equipment should be form fitting meaning it doesn’t take up additional space like field hockey goalie shin guards. The Lexi Shield does exactly that with its form fitting shape.

So my guess is officials would let you play with the Lexi Shield during a game however always confirm with them pre-game to ensure you don’t draw yourself any unnecessary penalties.

If your team uses black or dark colored helmets you can hardly even tell the Lexi Shield is there.


Concussions are a serious matter and I think goalies, coaches, and parents should be taking every precaution to eliminate them for their goalies.

In that context, strapping on a Lexi Shield for practices is really a no-brainer. It helps prevent concussions, it’s not visible or even noticeable so it doesn’t impact a goalie’s save ability and it costs just $30.

The look definitely sticks out especially on lighter colored helmets so the physical design could use some work but as for functionality, the design is brilliant. It fits around the unprotected area above the face mask perfectly, giving you optimal protection.

We’re starting to see prominent lacrosse programs like Syracuse require their goalies to use extra head protection during practice:

I think we’ll see a trend of more goalies and coaches requiring additional protection for their goalies during practice. Then it’s only a matter of time before Cascade or Warrior implements the Lexi Shield into their helmet to produce a lacrosse goalie helmet.

If you’re looking for a cheap method of protecting yourself from concussions, pick a Lexi Shield on Amazon.

Until next time! Coach Damon

Anything I missed in this Lexi Shield review? Leave me a comment down below. 

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17 thoughts on “Lexi Shield Review – Lacrosse Goalie Concussion Prevention

  1. Funny how it only works for the Cascade helmets. The new S helmet has less protection than the R, especially in the front so this would be something to add to anyone wear the new S. Rumor has it that Schutt is redesigning their helmets but the protection is still going to be there.

  2. Why are goalies not allowed to wear the newer baseball catcher/hockey goalie style helmet/facemask? A foul ball straight back at the catcher can be as fast or faster than a lacrosse shot. Seems like the engineering has already been done on this, or am I missing something?

    1. There’s nothing in the rulebook (that I can find) that states they cannot wear those style helmets so long as they are NOCSAE approved and are of the same color. Do those style helmets really protect better than the newer lacrosse helmets? I know baseball catchers get concussions all the time. The other hurdle is most lacrosse players stick to tradition and wearing a different type of helmet definitely bucks tradition.

      1. So far they are not NOCSAE approved for Lacrosse play, but I see pros in the NLL wearing them. From what I have seen, they look to be shaped in such a way as to deflect a shot rather than absorb a direct impact, also facemask is similarly shaped to deflect rather than absorb. The one issue I could see is the way those helmets have the suspension at the rear of the head, may not work as well when the keeper is out of the crease, but sure would be easier to put on for a keeper who wears eyeglasses.

  3. The plastic can be painted with spray paint. I painted my son’s white and added his team logo. Everyone thought it was awesome. Kids are difficult and don’t want to look uncool, so dreading this thing up and making it cool went a long way. I wouldn’t let my child in goal without it. I also know a senior goalie that now uses one. You only get one head. Take care of it.

    1. Thanks for sending that pic Joel, your LexiShield does look awesome! Just talked to an MLL goalie who has had about 4 concussions all from taking shots to the head. Protect yo dome!

  4. About the confusion by avoiding Cascade. After two concussions with two different model Cascade helmets, I’m now wearing a Warrior Burn.

  5. Is the guardian cap anymore or any less protected. I’ve seen the guardian cap used on football helmets but not lacrosse helmets. The LEXI I’ve only seen a hand full of times. Which one would you recommend. The guardian looks lighter.

    1. I actually think the Lexi shield is lighter since it’s less material. The Guardian is better for football where you could get hit in any part of the helmet whereas the Lexi just protects the crown/forehead where us goalies are most likely take a blow from a shot. I lean towards Lexi Sheild.

  6. I think that this would be interesting to see if it is allowed on the college level. I myself am coming back from a concussion so any extra protection would be great to have.

    1. It isn’t permitted in the games although I know the Lexi Shield team is trying change that rule. But of course you can wear it during practice when you’ll see majority of volume anyways.

  7. Are the Syracuse goalies wearing the Lexi Shield or the Guardian. It seems the Guardian may be better as it offers all around protection, but is more noticeable. Do you know if it is substantially heavier?

    1. They’re using the Guardian which does give all around protection and is way more noticeable. It is substantially heavier given the full head coverage, just a lot more material and to be honest, I can’t remember ever taking a shot off the side of the head. If a goalie gets hit in the head, it’s the forehead where the lexi shield covers.

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