Lacrosse

Lacrosse is a team sport of Native American origin played using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick. It is a contact sport which requires padding, except in the women's version. The head of the lacrosse stick is strung with loose mesh designed to catch and hold the lacrosse ball.

 

Offensively, the objective of the game is to score by shooting the ball into an opponent's goal, using the lacrosse stick to catch, carry, and pass the ball to do so. Defensively, the objective is to keep the opposing team from scoring and to gain the ball through the use of stick checking and body contact or positioning. The sport has four major types: men's field lacrosse, women's lacrosse, box lacrosse and intercrosse.

 

Lacrosse is an aggressive sport in which athletes need to keep their cool in order to play at their optimal levels, yet be aggressive enough to make big plays. Stick handling skills and physical training often become the main focus for lacrosse players; however, players- (in any sport), need to train their mind just as much as they train their bodies. Confidence is essential in lacrosse- without it, the athletes will not be able to obtain optimal levels of athletic performance.

 

Lacrosse Game

Common psychological obstacles that can occur:

  • Anxiety (physical and mental)

  • Uneven performance between practice and game situations

  • Fear

  • Difficulty overcoming mistakes

  • Confidence

  • Difficulty in pressure situations

  • Lack of aggressive play/too aggressive

  • Attention and focus deficits

  • Recovering from an injury

  • Optimal performance training

 

If you believe you or your child may be battling with mental obstacles that could be affecting their overall athletic performance, please call MVP Mentality today. Dr. Hennessy can help athletes of any age and level to optimize their performance on and off the field with cutting edge tactics.

 

With a unique therapy plan designed on a per-patient basis, she knows that the right therapy makes all the difference. Call today at 954-317-0551 or email her at DrLaurenHennessy@gmail.com.

 

For more information regarding mental blocks in Lacrosse, check out the links below:

 

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