Speed & Agility Training Articles
Increase coordination, agility and quickness with these great speed and agility training articles by top experts in the field!
Agility Training For Athletic Performance
by John F. Graham, MS, CSCS*D, FNSCA
Most athletic activities that utilize agility occur in less than 10 seconds and involve the ability to coordinate a few or several sport specific tasks simultaneously (like catching a football and then making a series of evasive moves and cuts to avoid being tackled in order to advance the ball further down the field). With the exception of skills specific to the sport, agility can be the primary determining factor to predict success in a sport. Read more...
The A-B-C's of Footwork
By Steve Myrland
Shows how to effectively utilize an agility ladder in a speed and agility training program.
The key to improving speed is a systematic and progressive approach to speed development. Vern Gambetta provides a number of practical tips that will make your speed development program more effective.
An excerpt from Functional Training for Sports by Mike Boyle.
Defensive Back Speed Q & A
by Duane Carlisle - Speed Development Coach for the San Francisco 49ers and President, Lightning Fast Training Systems
What better way to find out about the type of speed a defensive back must possess than to ask one. So, I went to our starting right cornerback Shawntae Spencer and asked him a few questions about the subject at hand.
Coordination & Movement Skill Development - The Key to Long-Term Athletic Success
by Brian Grasso, YCS, CMT
Brian provides extensive information on how to develop motor skills, coordination and balance in pre-adolescent and early adolescent athletes. Developing basic coordination through movement stimulus is a must, with the eventual goal of developing sport-specific coordination in the teenage years.
7 Awesome Medicine Ball Drills to Increase Speed!
by Lee Taft, Performance Director, Sports Speed Etc., LLC
Even when coaches do implement medicine ball training, many only look at it as upper body and core strengthening. Lee presents many ways in which medicine ball training can increase speed.
by Lee Taft
Isn't it just so obvious when you see a player that just blows by a defender that there is no mistaking speed and quickness? But, the focus may be on the wrong end of speed. Now, don’t get me wrong. First step speed and acceleration is king in the sport of basketball. The issue is; basketball isn’t just a linear sport by any means. There are stops and starts, lateral and angular cuts and deceleration, basketball require players to have great multi-directional speed. Read more...
Improve Your Base Stealing
by Lee Taft
"...I find most trainers and coaches want to get right into the pure sprint mechanics or drills of speed. They completely miss the important factors of reaction speed, starting speed, and acceleration speed." Read more...