LACROSSE TRAINING PHILOSOPHY
Maximum’s philosophy on training lacrosse players stems from the sport-specific actions they need to build, and the tools that college coaches use to judge their ability and potential.
- Ability to Scoop
- Ability to Cradle
- Ability to Shoot
- Ability to Pass
- Ability to Catch
- Ability to Check
- Ability to Dodge
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 lumber spine during the passing and shooting motions, and the ability to create torque through 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 (to create bat speed and rotation on the ball when throwing).
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