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Yoga for Scotland Lacrosse

Updated: Feb 21, 2022

I was lucky enough to work with Scotland Lacrosse captain Hannah Grant to explore how the sport affects the body & how we can use yoga to target areas of weakness brought about by the game & ultimately improve performance through practicing curated sequences.

Lacrosse is a fast-paced and frenetic game. Injuries are rife so it's important we look after the body before, during and after playing the game.

The use of sticks alone can lead to injuries as well, with mouth guards and sometimes helmets and goggles being required.

The game's played on a massive pitch up to 110 metres long and 60 metres wide, running intensely up to 80 minutes can lead to tight hip-flexors, quads, hamstrings and glutes.

Explosive changes in direction require strong outer hip muscles, good ankle mobility, torso stability and an efficient use of upper to lower body energy distribution and an efficient use of upper to lower body energy distribution.

You’re rarely on two feet so good balance and single leg strength is required.

A stick in the hand means you’re either holding it high up above the shoulders, or down below the hips, so arms are constantly swinging backwards and forwards requiring strong obliques and good spinal mobility for rotational movement.

Not to mention strong glutes to drive from the ground up when it comes to creating power in the swing to shoot.

Over the years playing Lacrosse, Hannah has both suffered and witnessed multiple injuries in the game including dislocated shoulders, ankle and calf sprains, shin splints, torn ACLs and even multiple concussions from collisions.

I was pleased to be asked by the team to create some specially-curated sequences for them to work on their recovery and strength training whilst touring the USA.

The sequences I created are designed to target all these potential areas of weakness and can be used as the perfect accompaniment to a training regime.

Flexibility in the lower body, ankle and shoulder mobility, decent core and torso stability. Breathwork to down regulate and balance out the nervous system.

If you're a regular lacrosse player & looking to implement similar focuses into your training then look no further.

I've used this research and time with them to design a 35-min yoga class to be practised regularly. Once a week & you'll be noticing big gains over time so that you can continue to return to the game injury-free, fresh and raring to go.

Simply click on the link below to practice wherever and whenever you want.

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