Date of Completion
Honors College Thesis
engineering, lacrosse, product design, torque
Lacrosse is one of the only sports that provides an equal opportunity for possession after a stoppage of play. Subsequently, winning a faceoff is a key component of success for the sport. As faceoff specialization increases in the sport of men’s lacrosse, players are looking for any advantage they can gain, often modifying elements of their sticks to best suit the faceoff procedure. This study looked at the implications of modifying the geometry of the shaft to increase the torque generated during the faceoff, using the most common faceoff clamping technique. The study found that three of the four geometric modifications yielded a statistically significant increase in torque generated during the faceoff. The method that generated the highest increase in torque was also deemed the most natural and comfortable for the participants.
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Seighman, Christopher K., "Ergonomic Lacrosse Stick Design and its Effect on Faceoff Mechanics" (2018). UVM Honors College Senior Theses. 230.