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A Hidden Secret For Sports Performance
Monday, December 22, 2014

We hear it all the time when we speak about the great players in their sports...they all have great footwork!

Soccer great Lionel Messi has incredible footwork. Former NBA great Hakeem (The Dream) Olajuwan was known for great footwork. Tennis great Andre Agassi was certainly skilled with his feet. The elusive NFL great LeSean (Shady) McCoy has amazing footwork, with his explosive change of direction cutbacks.

So how does that happen for some athletes and not as much for others?

While genetics play an important role for sure, working on your footwork is also key. But many athletes don't work at it at all. Many coaches ignore it as well. If as coaches and players we know it is important, why do we not train for it? Timing is also important...when should players work on it?

A great time to implement speed and agility training into a practice is right after a good dynamic warm up. The dynamic warm up needs to warm the core temperature up appropriately (athletes should be perspiring after a warm up) and then activate the Central Nervous System through a series of dynamic (stretch) movements that "wake up" the athletes body.

The best time for an athlete to learn and absorb speed and agility training (footwork in this case) is right after their dynamic warm up. Their Central Nervous System is excited and ready to react to any stimulation thrown at them. If teams or players spend 15-20 minutes 2-3 days per week on agility, balance and coordination training, it will pay big dividends down the road for all athletes. Once they have a certain level of confidence and ability moving in their sport appropriate, agility drills, then adding a ball or racket or any other appropriate apparatus into their footwork training will be an excellent progression.

Thank you and best of luck in your training!