4 Common Coaching Mistakes

4 Common Coaching Mistakes Involving Speed and Agility Training for High School Athletes

Proper speed and agility training can mean the difference between a good athlete and a great athlete.

Speed is the ability to achieve movement with a high velocity and is often considered a closed skill involving predictable and planned movements.

Agility is the ability to decelerate, change direction and rapidly accelerate in a new direction.

Mistake 1: Placing emphasis on peak linear speed
While it is important to be able to attain and maintain a high top speed sprint, few athletic activities actually require the use of full speed movements.

Mistake 2: Using open gym and on-field activities in place of agility training
Using these facilities exclusively should not replace properly programmed agility training. Athletes need specialized training for agility in addition to open gym time to improve deceleration, changes of direction and acceleration techniques.

Mistake 3: Using only one tool or approach
Training with only one piece of equipment over time can decrease an athlete’s progress or lead to a plateau in improvement.

Mistake 4: Incorporating conditioning drills at the end of practice in place of speed and agility training
Conditioning drills held at the end of a practice session do little to improve speed and agility skills. Athletes are more prone to injury at the end of practice when they are fatigued and unable to carry out proper techniques.

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