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College Crosse Prospectus - November 2, 2017: Origins Of Arizona Lacrosse; Wearable Sensors & Head Impacts Study.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for November 2, 2017.

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Here’s a great article about the origins of Arizona Lacrosse and former Towson legend, Carl Runk.

In the ‘60s, the sport of lacrosse wasn’t wide spread in Arizona yet. At the time it was really only an “East coast” sport with states like New York, Maryland and New Jersey dominating the scene. While lacrosse struggled to spread past the East coast a man named Carl Runk brought the sport to the University of Arizona. This year’s Homecoming weekend brought many of those players from the ‘60s back to campus to revisit the place they once suited up in red and blue.

Runk, a former UA football player, convinced the university to make a lacrosse team. Runk knew how to play and coach the game, being from Maryland where lacrosse was almost as popular as baseball or football. Eventually Runk made the idea of a team a reality. Runk, who became head coach, brought on UA graduate and former Princeton lacrosse player Willie Cooper as the assistant coach. The team began to grow and in 1966 the team grew to about 20 players.

Jay Greer, a player who started his career in spring 1966, described Runk as a great coach said he enjoyed being on the team.

“He was built like a rock. He was not a screamer but you kind of knew to pay attention to him,” Greer said. “He wasn’t the tallest guy there but he was certainly the most solid. He was a really great guy, I can’t imagine he made any money doing that, it was just for the love of the game.”

This study on lacrosse players says that wearable sensors “may be overestimating the number of head impacts in sports.”

Researchers suggest that wearable sensors may be overestimating the number of head impacts athletes are experiencing during play. The study was published recently in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Head impact counts were measured in 30 male and 35 female high school lacrosse players using GForceTracker sensors and X-Patch sensors, respectively. Accelerometer data were time synchronized with simultaneous game video, and researchers compared head impact counts with video recordings, per a media release from Healio.

Researchers considered a head impact event as verified if the linear acceleration was 20 g or greater, the player was identified on the field, the player was in camera view, and the head impact mechanism could be clearly identified.

In boys’ lacrosse, results showed that the GForceTracker devices recorded a total of 3,235 game-day head impacts of 20 g or greater. Of these impacts, 1,063 were logged between game start and end times during 368 player games. Researchers verified 690 game head impact events via video analysis.

According to results, 4,222 game-day head impacts of 20 g or greater were recorded by X-Patch sensors in girls’ lacrosse. Overall, researchers logged 180 impacts between game start and end times during 469 player-games. Of these, 58 game-time head impacts were verified via video analysis. Results showed 48% of the video-verified game head impact events were a result of direct contact to the head, the release continues.

Awesome clip about a Taranaki – Squamish man making his comeback with Team New Zealand for the world championship.

Nice segment by News 8 in Connecticut on the New England Black Wolves.

The professional indoor lacrosse season is just getting started. Connecticut’s team, the New England Black Wolves, started training camp over the weekend. The roster will be set by November 24th. Lots of fimiliar faces will be back with the Wolves, like the team’s leading scorer Shawn Evans. This will be the Wolves’ fourth season in the state, and they may have their best team ever. If you haven’t seen them play, you won’t be disappointed if you do. “I think the game sells itself, I think when people see it, they’re like, ‘whoa,” said Black Wolves head coach Glenn Clark. “I think it has speed, physicality, finesse, all of the elements of athleticism that you want.”

Look out, UVA Dirty Bird Scooter Gang! here comes Florida!

Cool video from Ohio State.

Let's check in on Notre Dame.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

I bet it has better selection than Netflix too: You can now stream 30,000 movies with a Philly library card.

Well, Kanopy isn't necessarily going to replace a Netflix subscription — the second season of "Stranger Things" isn't going to watch itself. But there's a new way to stream a treasure trove of films, and all you need is a Philadelphia library card. Kanopy is a film-streaming service that has a library (accidental bad pun!) of 30,000 movies. As of Nov. 1, you have access to that library as a cardholder with the Free Library of Philadelphia. (A tip of the hat to BillyPenn for first writing about it today.)

World/National News.

This is understandable, but still kind of sad: Study says humans love dogs more than other humans.

Humans love dogs more than their fellow man. Two major studies showed that mankind has more empathy for pooches in dire circumstances than suffering people, according to a report in the Times of London. A UK medical research charity staged two phony donation campaigns — one for a dog and the other featuring a man. Of course, the pooch drew more contributions.

Your GIF/Video for November 2, 2017.

Pup in the corner pocket.

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