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

By Stevens, W. Craig | Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, February 2007 | Go to article overview

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


Stevens, W. Craig, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport


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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