-August 16th, 2012-
As a lacrosse player you need to move extremely well. Whether it’s how fast you run, change directions, or just range of motion when shooting, how you move is extremely important.
One reason many people don’t move as well as they could is due to a lack of mobility in their joints.
They have tight hips which limits their ability to produce power or change directions efficiently.
Or they lack Thoracic Spine mobility which decreases the range of motion they can rotate when shooting limiting their shot power.
But how do you know if you have good joint mobility?
There are many tests I use with my athletes to determine theses things, but the 1st and best test that I like the most is the Overhead Squat.
Done using only a dowel, it can show many different deficiencies in mobility you may have that need to be addressed. Fixing any lack of mobility can help improve performance on the lacrosse field greatly, as well as decrease your risk for injury.
I’ve wanted to write about the Overhead Squat test for a while, but there are just so many things to discuss I have been putting it off.
I don’t need to add anything to it.
He does a perfect job of explaining it, including showing common mistakes that I see all the time with athletes and explaining why they are happening and how to correct them.
Give it a watch, then test yourself and see how you do and where and what you need to improve on.
Improve to a perfect score of 3 and your lacrosse performance will benefit!