Lacrosse is one fastest growing male and female sports in america. So the question becomes: How do we keep the injuries to a minimum, while still keeping the competition on the field at it’s peak? When lacrosse players begin to practice yoga – they increase their core strength, adding shoulder mobility, gaining latissimus dorsi and hamstring flexibility, hip stability, physical balance, mental focus and gaining faster recovery times by decreasing the delayed on-set stiffness effects comes along with training. Other benefits, focused breathing exercises and the repletion of meditation will be the increase of the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) and the decrease of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). The sympathetic nervous system is our “fight or flight” response to everything in life, and will be increased when in stressful situations. The PSNS will increase a “calming state” in the athletes mind when they are in stressful situations at practice or at games. It will also help them by gaining a more restful nights sleep, which will aid in recovery from their training.

 

 

  1. Warrior 1 Pose

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Another way to strengthen the legs as well as the back while the arms are extended overhead. Longer holds in the pose (several minutes) will truly prepare the players of the short spurts / bursts of needed strength and power on the field of play.

 

 

2. Childs Pose:

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A true delight for lacrosse players to ease the lower back from miles upon miles of pounding from running on the field. It is also a mild back stretch and hip release. The moments of stillness are just as valuable as the moments of more advanced poses and re-pose in yoga.

 

 

3. Up Dog with Wrist Turns

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This particular pose brings the back into full expansion, opens and stretches the wrist and forearms for better stick grip and control. It also counter balances the repetitive motion being forward and running while contracting the chest in front of you and holding a stick. Do one wrist turn at a time, honor your edge.