As with most team sports, there are many components of fitness that are important for success. You need good stick skills to play lacrosse, and good hand-eye coordination. Physically you need, among other things, good speed, acceleration, power, agility, strength and endurance - not much really! However, which of these are more important?
Below is a discussion about the fitness requirements for lacrosse, which can help with developing training programs for this sport, and for interpreting fitness testing results and determining the relative strengths and weaknesses of a player.
As with many field team sports, there is a wide range of fitness abilities required to successfully compete in the sport. Excellent running aerobic fitness is required to maintain a high-intensity throughout the match. Speed and agility are equally important, for evading and breaking free from opposition players. The ability to keep going, repeating high intensity efforts throughout the games is also important.
We have a poll about the component of fitness most important for success in lacrosse. You get to choose which are considered most important out of the options of Body Size and Composition, Muscle Strength, Muscular Endurance, Power, Speed / Quickness, Agility, Flexibility, Balance and Coordination, and Cardiovascular Endurance. The poll is only new so there are no results yet. You can add your vote, and see the latest results.
In a similar poll, we have asked people to rate the 12 factors of success for sports. Visitors are rating each of these factors for the sport of lacrosse. You can also add your ratings of Which Factors Make Successful Lacrosse Players.