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dc.contributor.authorCaballer-Hernani, Teresa
dc.contributor.authorCovington, Katherine
dc.contributor.authorChen, Lin
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-17T19:25:15Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-17T19:25:15Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/602107en
dc.descriptionPresentation given at the 17th Annual Phi Kappa Phi Student Research and Fine Arts Conferenceen
dc.description.abstractGolf is relatively unique compared to other sports, with large nature landscapes providing the area of play. Golf courses are often home to wildlife and provide rest stops for migratory birds. Animal inhabitants, as well as natural streams and ponds, provide an ideal environment for the proliferation of coliforms and fecal coliforms. Unlike other sports, golfers may engage in several hand to mouth behaviors (e.g. licking their fingers to clean mud off a ball, eating food during play). Furthermore, the research team hypothesizes that golfers may not clean some of their equipment frequently (e.g. gloves, bags). To assess golfers’ potential exposure to coliforms and fecal coliforms during a round of golf, swabs were taken from a pilot sample of ten golfers’ hands and equipment prior to and following their round of golf. A brief survey assessed golfers’ hand washing, eating and golf equipment cleaning behaviors. While none of the golfers’ hands tested positive for fecal coliforms prior to the round of golf, 55% of the golfers’ equipment and/or hands tested positive after the round. No golfers reported cleaning their gloves or bags, and most reported they would likely lick their fingers and/or eat while golfing.
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.subjectGolfen
dc.subjectFecal Coliformsen
dc.subjectSurveys and Questionnairesen
dc.titleThe Presence of Coliforms and Fecal Coliforms in a Sports Environmenten_US
dc.typePresentationen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Psychological Sciencesen
dc.description.advisorTopolski, Richard; Bates, Christopheren
html.description.abstractGolf is relatively unique compared to other sports, with large nature landscapes providing the area of play. Golf courses are often home to wildlife and provide rest stops for migratory birds. Animal inhabitants, as well as natural streams and ponds, provide an ideal environment for the proliferation of coliforms and fecal coliforms. Unlike other sports, golfers may engage in several hand to mouth behaviors (e.g. licking their fingers to clean mud off a ball, eating food during play). Furthermore, the research team hypothesizes that golfers may not clean some of their equipment frequently (e.g. gloves, bags). To assess golfers’ potential exposure to coliforms and fecal coliforms during a round of golf, swabs were taken from a pilot sample of ten golfers’ hands and equipment prior to and following their round of golf. A brief survey assessed golfers’ hand washing, eating and golf equipment cleaning behaviors. While none of the golfers’ hands tested positive for fecal coliforms prior to the round of golf, 55% of the golfers’ equipment and/or hands tested positive after the round. No golfers reported cleaning their gloves or bags, and most reported they would likely lick their fingers and/or eat while golfing.


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