What is LaxFit?
LaxFit is a standardized, comprehensive exercise and strengthening program designed to increase performance, reduce injuries, and promote healthy long-term athlete development.
The full LaxFit program will eventually have five components, addressing different muscle groups and body areas for lacrosse athletes. The first of these focuses on lower extremities, and is an updated version of the LaxPrep exercise routine.
LaxFit's stage 1 initiative is a research-based warm-up and exercise program designed to decrease an athlete’s risk of a lower extremity injury. The program emphasizes core strength, balance, and proper landing techniques, including a dynamic warm-up for each of its three phases. This easy-to-execute program was developed by MedStar Sports Medicine for US Lacrosse.
The training: The lower extremity program offers an online tutorial course that explains how to successfully implement all phases of the injury prevention program with lacrosse athletes. Participants in this course will learn the exercises and how to administer the cycles of the program safely and efficiently.
Who is it for? With the training, anyone can implement the LaxFit program (coach, athletic trainer, team captain, volunteer, etc.)
How does it work? The entire lower extremity online training takes 45-60 minutes to complete. This includes the Intro, the Dynamic Warm Up, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, and the Conclusion. The dynamic warm up is a critical element before each phase that prepares the body for exercise. Each phase features a series of 9-10 exercises that are to be practiced 2-3 times per week for a period of 3-6 weeks.
What coaches need: Access to the online tutorial course and the purchase of a therapy power band (green resistance bands) for each member of the team. Information on how to purchase these bands can also be found in the resources section of the online course.
How do coaches access it: The full LaxFit training course will be hosted online at learning.uslacrosse.org (search LaxFit). A login is required. The first component about lower extremity injuries is available now.
Cost: The online tutorial is FREE to US Lacrosse members; $50.00 for non-members.