Developing Speed to Increase Overall Athletic Performance
When an athlete is working on becoming faster there is a simple checklist we can look at. This checklist will start with, what sport they play, what position do they play in their sport, what athletic movements are in a demand out of each athlete and last, strengths and weaknesses the athlete has.
“Success in sport depends upon athlete’s ability to develop and perfect a specific set of perceptual, cognitive and motor skills “- Nicola Hodges MS
What sport do they play?
Understanding the demands of each sport will help in getting an athlete faster for their sport. Basketball has different movement patterns than football, so looking at the demands of each sport is always the beginning for increasing each athletes athletic performance and speed.
When looking at the demands of each sport we need to look at the rest periods of each sport, lateral movements, are they moving at top speed, How long are they moving before stopping, Is there any demands on jumping?
These sport specific demands are only a few of many considerations to look at. When we notice the demands then we can start to prepare for the sport specific movements for each athlete.
What position in their sport do they play in?
Each sport position has different needs in their sport. An offensive lineman in football will have different motor patterns than a wide receiver. When looking at becoming faster, quicker, or more agile, we need to instill the necessary sport specific movements of the athlete’s position.
Each positions needs are different and understanding those needs you can have a more specific development for each athlete. There should never be a cookie cutter program for any athlete because each athlete has different needs those needs have to be addressed. Ensuring we address there specific needs they will grow as an athlete.
What are the sport specific movements required out of each athlete? Hiring college athletes
Sport specific movements are the very demands that are being asked out of each athlete in their sport. The only way to increase an athletes speed, agility, or quickness is through periods of training on these specific demands. When practicing we develop these needs by placing drills to enhance these sport skills.
Perfect practice makes a better athlete. To make sure each athlete will be faster we need to teach the body to react instead of think. When understanding their position they play we can be more efficient in putting a plan together where they can improve in their specific movement in their sport. When we can get each athlete in their sport specific movements more efficient we can increase the overall agility and quickness as well as speed for their sport.
What strengths and weaknesses does the athlete own?
Strengths are areas of our movement and athletic abilities each athlete is good at. Weaknesses are deficiencies each athlete has in their movements and athletic abilities. Understanding what movements and abilities they do well and not good at will help to make sure you are working on necessary needs.
After finishing the checklist.
Once we have gone through the process we need to make sure we are developing the needs of the athlete, while ensuring we are not atrophying their strengths. When developing good motor skills and good motor patterns we are putting an engram on their Central Nervous System. This engram will increase the speed because the body already knows how to react to the given situation. So when developing a better athlete, building and increasing their motor patterns is one major step in increasing the athlete’s overall potential.