Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Does a Season of Lacrosse Practice and Competition Change the Fitness Levels of Middle School Girls?

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Does a Season of Lacrosse Practice and Competition Change the Fitness Levels of Middle School Girls?

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The purpose of this study was to see if a season of lacrosse practice and competition resulted in improvements in the fitness levels of girls on a middle school lacrosse team. During the first week of the season, a middle school girls' lacrosse team composed of 49 seventh- and eighth-grade girls was tested. Preseason testing occurred on 2 days and was done prior to the coaches making cuts to the roster. On Day 1, participants performed three trials of the sit-and-reach test, total number of sit-ups completed in 1 min, total number of modified pushups performed, three trials for a standing long jump and a 1.5-mile run. On Day 2, participants completed a modified multistage shuttle run. Six weeks later, during the next-to-last week of the season, post tests were conducted and the participants' height and weight were recorded. Practice (1.5-2 hr long) and competitions occurred during the school week with no interference from the researchers. Practices consisted of a period of conditioning, drills and playing lacrosse. A one-tailed dependent t test was performed with alpha set at .01 level of significance. Due to injuries, voluntarily choosing not to perform a test as well as being cut or resigning from the team, not all 49 players were tested for each dependent variable pre and post. …

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