Posts Tagged ‘speed’

Accelleration Drill Progressions with Adam Noel, Texas Rangers MiLB Strength and Conditioning Coach.

If you have read any of my previous posts, you know that ‘efficiency’ is a cornerstone of my training philosophy. As coaches, we have all developed a personal foundation to our training approach. This is the tenant on which we focus our energy and encourage ‘buy-in’ from our athletes. A problem with this,...

A couple of threads on the StrengthCoach.com forum got me thinking about the question of foot speed and athletes. I can’t tell you how often I hear a parent or a coach ask, “How can I improve my son’s/daughter’s/ athlete’s foot speed or agility?” It seems everyone always wants the shortcut and the quick fix. The better...

Speed* is one of the five tools that scouts, coaches and management look for when evaluating talent, and the only tool that is used on both offense and defense in game situations. Everyone appreciates the importance of speed, but how much do we actually know about speed in game situations. The following information...

Speed is one of the five tools that scouts, coaches and management look for when evaluating talent, but one of the most neglected skills in the player development process. I realized the value of timing speed in college. We were running sprints in football and the first sprint was at half-speed, the second was at 60%...

Having worked with sprinters and speed athletes for most of my life, I am always fascinated at how making an athlete faster can benefit them in many ways. One of the key concepts passed on to me by Charlie Francis was the concept of “Speed Reserve”. By training an athlete to be faster, you can increase his or her...

Before even beginning, let’s clear up one point. Sport is about acceleration, not speed. We have a problem in sports. Coaches consistently use the wrong term when discussing the quantity they covet most. Tests like the ten-, twenty- and forty-yard dash are actually tests of acceleration not speed. You only need to look...

Introduction – The Truth about Getting Faster. It is common for people to think of elite sprinters as having the ‘natural’ gift of speed, and in many respects, this is true. Genetics are probably the most important determinant of sprinting potential. However, what many people don’t know is that it can take...

The two primary goals when training to improve speed and acceleration are 1) to make consistent improvements; and 2) to minimize the risk of injury. According to “authorities” in the field of sprint training, the best way to accomplish these goals is to work “short to long”, i.e., start with short, simple runs...

Plyometric ankle jumps, also called “ankling” are designed to increase strength in the muscles of the anterior shin, minimize ground contact time and activate the stretch reflex in the muscles of the calf and ankle to increase strength, speed and power when performing linear and lateral movements. Because we are...