Lacrosse Training Philosophy
Based on these skills, lacrosse players must develop joint stability and connective tissue strength through the ankle, knee, and hip (to support and stabilize cutting, decelerating, attacking, defending, and checking), core strength, and rotary speed (to support the lower lumbar spine during the passing and shooting motions, and the ability to create torque through the separation of hips and hands to generate stick speed), posterior chain strength and power (to develop strength through glutes, hips, and legs), reactive ability and quickness (for starting speed, attacking and defensive ability), and grip/forearm strength.
A lacrosse player’s ability to run is most often judged by a 40 yard dash, along with a combination of agility tests including the 20 yard shuttle. Although the application of a 40 yd dash to lacrosse specific speed is questionable, it is important because coaches use it as a solid measurement of overall speed.
Although each position has its unique demands, all lacrosse players must improve these essential basic motor abilities