Reactive Chase Drill to Curvilinear Sprint (VIDEO)

-September 28th, 2019-

The National Lacrosse Season is soon approaching so the players are starting to train more often to gear up for training camp.

A good lacrosse training program will not just be a strength training program. It should include a proper warm up/mobility/activation, Speed and Agility training, Power training (med ball throws/jumps/Olympic lifts), Strength training, and Conditioning.

Yesterday Dan Dawson, Brad Kri, and Adam Jay from the Toronto Rock were training and to end our Speed/Agility portion we had some fun with a Reactive Chase Drill to Curvilinear Sprint.

This drill is great because it does ALOT!

We get to improve reaction time by having to read our opponents movement to initiate the drill.

We get the athlete to sprint at maximal effort by adding in the competitiveness of being chased/chasing.

We used the Curvilinear Sprint yesterday (it can be done in a straight line as well) as it is often overlooked even in some of the most thought out speed and agility programs.

There are many, many times over the course of a game that an athlete is sprinting and not just in a straight line. As they react to opponents they have to weave or turn while sprinting, so we must train them to do so.

Going around the full circle is more extreme than you’ll ever do in a game (hopefully) but if you can turn that tight while sprinting you’ll be fine in any game situation.

We did it twice going in each direction, with each athlete chasing/being chased once each way as a finisher to our Speed work.

Give it a try, have some fun, and improve your speed and agility!

About the Author

Sean Holmes

The owner and Head Strength Coach of The Dynamic Athlete is Sean Holmes. Sean is also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Toronto Rock and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and a youth speed and agility specialist (YSAS).

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