Often called the “fastest sport on feet”, lacrosse is the oldest known sport in North America. It is also the fastest growing sport – on every level, including both genders. The sport of lacrosse combines elements of basketball, soccer and hockey.
Goalies typically stay within the crease. The movements required by a goalie are primarily explosive and reactive in nature. Because of this, the focus of training for a goalie is to increase the goalie’s rate of force production and the ability to explosively change positions. Attackmen play on the offensive half of the field and require movements such as sprinting, changing directions and dodging (agility and footwork). Attackmen should place a higher emphasis on a different energy system because of the intermittent sprinting performed as a demand of their position. Midfielders have arguably the most demanding performance requirements of all positions. Often times, a ‘middie’ will sprint the length of the field, and then find themselves in an offensive (or defensive) sequence that lasts for an additional 90 – 120 sec. Not only do middies have to sprint, but they must also have great speed endurance. If you’re a middie not working on speed development, you’re probably getting beat in a number of different phases during a game (when it counts the most). There are specific training programs for each respective position, as well as specific nutritional guidelines to help maximize all potential for lax players. What position do you play, and are you preparing to maximize your potential?