Training for Lacrosse Not Football

Whether designing, implementing or following a training program for lacrosse – or any sport – specificity to the task is the most important element of the program. Keep in mind that when you are training for lacrosse you should not be following a program that was designed for football, basketball or any other sport.

As I mentioned in my last post, just because sports have certain features or physical requirements in common doesn’t mean that they can, or should, be trained in the same way. The most common mistake I see is when lacrosse training programs are just football programs that have been re-branded and, as a result, lacrosse workouts become indistinguishable from football workouts.
Lacrosse teams and athletes need to follow a training program specific to their sport.  Weight training and strength training for lacrosse is different than for football, basketball, baseball, etc. Lacrosse conditioning drills can be similar to drills used in other sports, but should always include lacrosse elements, emphasize lacrosse-related movements.
When conditioning for lacrosse keep in mind the differences between other sports rather than the similarities. Consider the different distances players at various positions need to be able to run, the different conditions under which they run, the structure of the game and the amount of time the players may – or may not – have to rest before they have to run again. Looking at lacrosse through the prism of what makes it different from other sports will help you to realize the need to following a specific lacrosse trains and conditioning program.
Weight training for lacrosse should be implemented differently than for football or even basketball, as there are huge differences in the type of physical play encountered in these sports. I have seen the training programs for some of the top lacrosse schools in the country and am shocked by how many of them are nothing more than what I call Training Program Re-Brands , or TPRBs. If you didn’t what sport the program was intended for, lacrosse training program certainly wouldn’t leap to mind.
The argument can be made that at the highest levels of lacrosse – or any sport – if you have the best athletes – better athletes than anyone else – the training program doesn’t matter. Actually, I agree with this to a point. But why waste time doing things that are less-than-effective? Don’t settle; make sure your athletes are following a lacrosse training and conditioning program.