Short Arm Cast

AquaCast Liner enables High School Lacrosse Player to Compete

Carter has been playing lacrosse since the 3rd grade. Now a sophomore in the Baltimore area, Carter has plans to play in college. His ultimate goal, held since 4th grade, is to become class president and captain of the lacrosse team at Princeton University.

Just days before a major college lacrosse recruiting tournament, however,Carter broke the growth plate in his right arm in a school football game. He was directed to a local orthopaedic practice, and had his arm cast in a traditional, cotton padded cast. The doctor and cast technologist mentioned that if he tried to play lacrosse that weekend, it would be painful and the cast would end up becoming soaked in sweat, resulting in discomfort and a rather unpleasant odor. They also told Carter if he got it wet he would have to be recasted. More time. More costs.

That weekend Carter watched his teammates play tough – from the sidelines – while coaches from Johns Hopkins, North Carolina, Virginia and Princeton, among others, scribbled notes on their next wave of talent.

His competitive juices flowing,Carter wanted to get back on the field at the next tournament, held the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. A friend told Carter’s father, about a waterproof, breathable cast liner made by AquaCast, which allows patients to perform activities without worrying about keeping their cast dry. The father, a former college All-American lacrosse player, contacted Towson Orthopaedic Associates and Scott Tarantino, MD. They stocked the AquaCast Liner and Carter had his arm wrapped in the waterproof product, quickly becoming a fan.

“It’s been really great. I get sweaty, come home and shower, wash it out and it’s dry really quick. It doesn’t smell like the other one. And it doesn’t itch.” Carter played in the following tournament, amassing 5 goals and 8 assists in three games, drawing the attention of several scouts, including Princeton. “I’m glad Dr. Tarantino’s practice had AquaCast,” noted Craig’s father. “We certainly didn’t know it was available. It made a big difference for Carter – it’s made life a lot easier.”

In addition to playing in the lacrosse tournament, Carter was able to finish his football season in comfort. “Two other guys on the team broke their arms and I told them about Dr. Tarantino’s office and the AquaCast. They showed up at the next practice with the AquaCasts.”

As a side note, Carter has seen his dream of attending Princeton come true, formally committing to the Tigers and head coach Chris Bates. We at AquaCast wish Carter and his family the best of luck this season and in the future at Princeton.