Science in a Lacrosse Shot Essay

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“Biomechanics of a Lacrosse Shot” Lacrosse is defined as a ball game invented by American Indians, now played by two teams who try to propel a ball into each other's goal by means of long-handled hooked sticks that are loosely strung with a kind of netted pouch (Farlex, Inc.). Behind every shot taken in a lacrosse game, elements of biomechanics are implemented. Biomechanics is the “sport science” field that applies the laws of mechanics (movements, body angles, joint positions, etc.), biomedical engineering, and physics (gravity, forces, velocities, etc.) to athletic performance (What is 3D Biomechanics). Ben Shear “is a frequent presenter and writer on various topics related to athletic performance, including a presentation on…show more content…
Without the movement of the lower body, a shot would end up anywhere but the back of the net. The lower body helps a player produce a straight shot so the ball winds up leaving the stick in the direction that the shooter intended. Once accomplishing the motion of your hips, a player must focus on the next link in the chain, pulling the stick away from his body, preparing to move forward (accelerate) with a shot. A goalie uses his or her angle of perception to watch the ball and to make a save. The intent is to hide the head of the stick behind the player’s body to decrease the visibility of the ball to the goalie. The more a shooter hides the head of the stick the less likely the goalie with stop the ball from accelerating into the back of the net. When the act of pulling the stick takes place, a shift in weight occurs. “This shift in balance enables the player to release the ball while allowing his hips and back to recoil and urge the shoot motion in a forward direction. This forward acceleration causes an increase in the player’s velocity, zero to forward” (Russo, 1). Depending on the magnitude of your acceleration depends on how “hard or fast” the player pushes off the ground with their foot allowing them to make the initial forward progress. Without the push off the ground, no forward movement would be possible. In lacrosse, we want a quick sprint to goal to dodge the opponents and

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