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Physics of the Lacrosse Shot

The lacrosse shot has 6 phases.
1. Approach - Begins when the player initiates movement and ends when the drive foot is planted into the ground
2. Crank Back - Begins when the drive foot is planted into the ground and ends when the player moves the stick back and the elbow reaches maximum flexion
3. Stick Acceleration - Begins when the elbow reaches maximum flexion and ends when the elbow of the top arm begins to extend and the ball is released
4. Stick Deceleration - Begins when the ball is released and ends when the elbow has reached maximum extension
5. Follow Through - Begins when the top arm reaches maximum extension and ends when the trunk stops rotating
6. Recovery - Movements made by the athlete to prepare for the next task(s)

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Drawing from The Sport Journal.

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