The Impact of Synthetic Turf on Goucher College Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Teams
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Lacrosse -- Research
Synthetic sporting surfaces -- Research
The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of synthetic turf on the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams at Goucher College. The measurement tool for the study was overall team records five years prior to and five years following the installation of synthetic turf. The statistics that were analyzed through a survey were gender, number of years the student athlete played lacrosse, primary position, and school status level. Each athlete was asked about incidents of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. The survey asked each athlete about any injuries and the effects on loss of practice and game time, or a season ending injury in the areas of upper body, lower body, and concussions. The areas of performance examined were agility, endurance, skill level, and anticipation of opponent and ball movement. This study was quasi-experimental in that it included student perceptions and team records. The men’s team showed no significant impact on the number of wins and losses with the installation of synthetic turf. The women’s team had a significant negative impact on the number of wins and losses after synthetic turf was installed. Studies related to this topic should continue as there has been little longitudinal research examining the impact of synthetic turf on lacrosse players.