Speed, Agility and Quickness
Explosive Vertical Movement ● Lightning Fast Responses ● Blinding Speed ● Rapid Acceleration ● Explosive Lateral Movement
These are all essential components of today's soccer player development. The ever-increasing pace of soccer and the demand on players now requires training in not just technical and tactical ability, but also the speed at which a player can perform these skills. Performance Soccer takes players to the next level, to help them play faster, quicker and more effectively.
The training is specifically designed to improve a player's Speed, Agility, Quickness (SAQ) and overall level of aerobic and anaerobic fitness, using progressive training programs and equipment. Today's soccer players must demonstrate their capability in acceleration, exploding speed, changing of direction, checking and turning with agility and balance, reacting and responding to alternate situations with quickness of thought. Players will be evaluated at the start and completion of the training course, to record individual speed and agility, which will assist us in monitoring their personal development throughout the program.
Speed is a vital part of a player's game, particularly when covering ground over the first few meters as efficiently and economically as possible, and then opening up into a larger stride length and increased stride frequency when covering distances of 30 to 50 meters. Speed is the maximum velocity a player can achieve and maintain, and training to improve maximum speed requires concentration on a number of running mechanics which must be integrated together, such as stride length and frequency, leg and arm cycle, and hip height and position. Other factors to consider when training to achieve optimum speed effectively are, the actual time during contact with the ground, the control and power when making contact, and the correct preparation and timing of the training.
Agility is the ability to change direction without the loss of balance, strength, speed or control, and training for agility ensures that players develop skills with speed and control when using the minimum amount of energy and movement. This also helps prevent injuries through repetitive training, and teaches muscles to activate properly and remember movement patterns throughout the body. The ability to balance is an important element of agility, focusing on the center of gravity and training the nervous system and muscles to become more receptive and programmed to the patterns of movement used in balance. Coordination is part of agility too, when undertaking numerous and / or simple skills in an environment under pressure or stress, but using the correct technique, decision making process and biomechanics collectively.
Quickness is the time it takes a muscle to react to a message from the brain, from a static position into motion, as muscles react by lengthening and shortening instantaneously, a process, which is known as the stretch shortening cycle (contraction). Training concentrates on improving the neuro-muscular system that influences this process, so that the initial movement / reaction (lateral, linear or vertical) becomes automatic, explosive and precise. The reaction time is the time it takes for the brain to receive and respond to a stimulus (reason or motivation to react), and then by sending a message to the muscle, causing it to contract. Re-programming the neuro-muscular system with improved reaction to acceleration, coordination and movement, whilst removing mental blocks in these areas helps clear a path from the brain to the muscles, resulting in an instinctively quicker player.
Our Speed, Agility & Quickness training is located in communities throughout the region providing custom individual, small group, team or camps training tailored and delivered to suit many requirements. Please contact us to discuss a suitable program.