LAX: Lacrosse Performance

Lacrosse Performance with Zak Brennan

As a staple sport on Long Island, I think it’s about that time.

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“Like other overhead athletes, lacrosse players develop high ball speeds by generating initial forces at the start of the shot and transferring that energy along the kinetic chain to ball release (Wasser et al., 2016).”


Patterns, Rotation/Overhead, Intermittent Power. The main takeaways, not necessarily in that order for every athlete but for the ever-so witty @rymullaney it’s the recipe for our pre-season mesocycle (Fancy science for month block):


”Patterns”

Being 13 years old, youth “performance” the main goal we take away from current data is that the majority of adaptation for youth individuals is mainly neurological. Enhancing and focusing on mechanics and improving shapes we moved in and out of has been our focal point

Rotation/Overhead

“Use Your Hips” well clearly that’s what got every athlete to the pros.. understanding the use of the posterior gluteal slings and anterior oblique slings are complex and still an area of continued learning for Coach Zak. With constant energy transferring between the lower and upper body from rapid acceleration and deceleration (Wasser et al., 2016). We implement plenty of work to strengthen how this crossing musculatures work together

Intermittent Power

Rapid force development and sprinting are conditioning aspects that we of course prioritize but currently are benefits gained in weekly practice. Using varying intervals for conditioning has been a guiding principle to replicate competition.


Wasser, J. G., Chen, C., & Vincent, H. K. (2016). Kinematics of Shooting in High School and Collegiate Lacrosse Players With and Without Low Back Pain. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine,4(7), 232596711665753. doi:10.1177/2325967116657535

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