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Is lacrosse an aerobic or anaerobic sport?

When watching a lacrosse game you will see that there is a high anaerobic demand put on the athletes followed by a shift change and recovery period.  Lacrosse is truly an anaerobic sport and a good aerobic base is required for the total amount of running needed.  The power that a lacrosse player has to generate while out on their shift is very high, with some players doing long sprints the full length of the field.  Some of the highest demands are when you decelerate with repeated accelerations.  The recovery period is very important to allow the athlete to replenish the anaerobic system so they can repeat the next shift at the same intensity.  Without this recovery, you cannot maintain this anaerobic level.  Training for lacrosse consists of a lot of anaerobic power sessions and aerobic training to build up your cardiovascular base for the long season. 

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