Featured on Wall Street Journal: Five Exercises to Boost Speed and Agility

You don’t have to play lacrosse to learn from it.

I recently collaborated with Jen Murphy of the Wall Street Journal on an article about how to increase your speed and agility, using lacrosse workouts.

Every sport has specific benefits that can help increase your fitness in different ways. My personal favorite sport is lacrosse, and the coordination, speed, and agility I have learned from playing this sport has helped me excel in other sports, and in my general fitness regimen.

READ MORE: Strong is the New Pretty: Dr. Karen Sutton feature in US Lacrosse Magazine

This article focuses on specific workouts you can do to up your fitness game on all fronts.

Here is an excerpt:

“Lacrosse is a physically intense sport that requires players to use netted sticks to scoop up, carry and shoot a ball into a goal, all while evading opponents.

The sport requires speed, agility and coordination, says Dr. Karen M. Sutton, the Stamford, Conn.-based chief medical officer for World Lacrosse and a sports-medicine surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery. “You also need dexterity and stamina, as well as the ability to dodge quickly.”

Being able to think on your feet and change directions quickly is crucial on the field, says Dr. Sutton, a 45-year-old former Duke University lacrosse player. These skills also help you avoid injuries in day-to-day life.

As we age, we tend to slow down. Training for speed and agility can come in handy whether you want to improve your 5K time or avoid injury the next time you need to sprint to catch the subway. We also tend to move in a forward plane of motion. Working other planes in dynamic ways can help train the body for when you need to suddenly lunge to catch a Frisbee while playing with your kids, or swerve your shopping cart.”

Read the full article HERE.

Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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