The Physics in Lacrosse

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Lacrosse is a team sport that originated in the St. Lawrence Valley area, around 1546. It is played with a small rubber ball, a long stick with a sort of basket at the end, and padding (it is a contact sport). The objective of the game is to shoot the ball into the other team’s goal, using the stick to pass, cradle and shoot. At first, the game was played on a distance of even several miles, and anywhere between 100 and 100000 players in a single game. The teams are now composed of ten players each, 3 of them are offense, 3 defense, 3 midfielders, that can go anywhere on the field, and one goalie, which is the heart of the team. In this essay I will focus on the physics that stand behind lacrosse, and how companies that make lacrosse gear use our knowledge and understanding of forces to make padding and helmets that are safer, and sticks that are made for different kinds of play styles (contact defense, precision, fast offense…). Head of the Lacrosse Stick Field Lacrosse Head Box Lacrosse Head Native American Lacrosse Head The design of a Lacrosse head impacts the game in a great way, because the pocket of the Lacrosse stick affects how the ball comes out of the stick. During a shot the kinetic energy of the shaft is transferred into the head, which in turn stretches the mesh (elastic energy), and transfers it to the ball as k. energy. The shooting strings in the mesh (the 3 big ones that look like shoe laces) turn the force the ball has and turns it into angular
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