Lacrosse is catching on at every level, from nine and ten-year-olds taking the field to men’s and women’s club teams at the college level and beyond. This fast-paced sport requires speed, agility and coordination to play well.
Indiana University Health Sports Performance can give you the best foundation for success by helping you develop key skills to excel at lacrosse.
Before your training begins, one of our certified strength and conditioning coaches will assess your specific level and needs using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), a tool to identify your specific strengths and weaknesses performing a variety of tests.
We will develop an individual training program based on the results of your FMS and your goals for your sport.
Some of the primary areas of focus in your lacrosse performance-training plan include:
- Speed: Learn proper acceleration and deceleration techniques to cover more of the field faster.
- Strength and flexibility: Improve the power of your shot.
- Agility: Improve your ability to make quick transitions and change directions using less time and energy.
- Coordination and balance: Gain better control of the ball with techniques that improve your coordination, balance and stick handling.
The recommended schedule for pre-season training is two sessions per week, eventually decreasing to once a week during the season. Either group classes or individual training sessions may be arranged.
Preventing Lacrosse Injuries
Both male and female lacrosse players are prone to injuries in the ankles, knees and upper legs. Concussions are also a prevalent concern in lacrosse, especially men’s lacrosse, which is full contact. Learning and practicing proper movement mechanics and strengthening vulnerable areas can play an integral part in reducing injuries among lacrosse players. Learn more about preventing and treating lacrosse-related injuries.
To schedule your free Functional Movement Screen and find out how performance training can improve your strength and skill, call 317.848.JUMP (5867).