Updated: Feb 18, 2019
To succeed in many sports, players require a high level of physical fitness to cope with the demands of the game and also to allow for their technical and tactical skills to be used to their fullest. The development of speed and agility is as vital for optimal performance and success in all sports.
Sport speed refers to the ability to run at maximum or near maximum speed. This phenomenon will only last five six seconds, even for world-class athletes.
Agility is the ability to decelerate, accelerate and change direction quickly while maintaining good body control without decreasing speed. Agility is closely aligned with balance by requiring athletes to regulate shifts in the body’s center of gravity while being subjected to postural deviation.
Higher-level athletes have been shown to perform better on agility tests than lower-level athletes. This indicates that improving an athlete’s agility may be very important if they wish to progress and compete at a higher-level in their sport.
Improved cognitive functions attributed to speed and agility training