Sports Field and Athlete Interactions with Dr. Chase Straw


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“A Review of Turfgrass Sports Field Variability and Its Implications on Athlete-Surface Interactions” with Dr. Chase Straw.

Sports scientists study how athletes perform during exercise and how that affects the body. Turfgrass scientists study how to improve and maintain the health of turfgrass. But what happens when you combine the two? Dr. Chase Straw’s review paper decided to find out, searching out research that combines both fields to better understand athlete biomechanics, physiology and perceptions, performance, and injuries.

Listen in to find out:

  • How combining player, lab, and field data can increase player performance and safety
  • What impact perceptions can have on how players perform
  • What new technologies are being used to measure things like athlete performance and biomechanics
  • What research gaps still exist when comparing and combining these fields

If you would like more information about this topic, this episode’s paper is available here:

It will be freely available from 21 August to 4 September, 2020.

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CEU Quiz:

Texas A&M Aggie Turf Program:

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Chase’s Google Scholar page:

Sports Fields: Design, Construction, and Maintenance by James C. Puhalla, Jeffrey V. Krans, and J. Michael Goatley:

The Science and Engineering of Sport Surfaces (Routledge Research in Sports Technology and Engineering) by Sharon Dixon, Paul Fleming, Iain James, and Matt Carré:

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