Speed Training- Parents are you doing it right? MY RANT – Part 2

Another day and another post- will keep this short today and discuss Sprint mechanics

Sprint mechanics as we know are very important and should be incorporated in every athlete’s regime but remember most of us are not working with high level technical sprinters.  Many are working with athletes who not only need linear speed but require speed in all directions aka directional speed.  These athletes must be able to start and stop quickly- move in a different direction mainly dictated by the movement of another or ball otherwise known as reaction. Unlike the agility ladder, where some coach tells you what to do and it what direction limits your reaction time. Does the ladder have some effect? Somewhat yes as I believe it improves the stretch shortening cycle and helps much more with younger pre-pubescent athletes who are working on coordination.

So should you spend most of your time on mechanics? As previously stated yes they should be incorporated daily but should only be a part of your development.

Tomorrow I will discuss a method of training that will enhance directional speed starting and stopping.



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