Essay about Science in a Lacrosse Shot
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After achieving the correct forward acceleration, we come down to the final link, the shot. The elements needed to complete a successful shot are the movements of the arms and the shooter’s wrist snap. A player must extend their stick away from their body in order to maintain the correct stance to produce the most accurate angle/s to shoot. “The longer the lever arm, the less force it takes to cause a particular angular acceleration” (Bloomfield, 53). For a player to achieve torque when attempting to complete a lacrosse shot, he must push down in a perpendicular motion away from the axis (hips). If a player is holding the stick in the correct way, he will be following the “right-hand rule.” In other words, “if you point your right index finger in the direction of the lever arm and your bent middle finger in the direction of the force, then your thumb will point in the direction of the torque (Bloomfield, 55). This allows the shot to fly straight forward into the back of the net with high velocity.
However, shooting the ball forward, with no changing angles ,is not always the best option; the goalie will