Speed and agility training

Jon L Oliver and Rhodri S Lloyd

in Oxford Textbook of Children's Sport and Exercise Medicine

Third edition

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Published in print April 2017 | ISBN: 9780198757672
Published online April 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191817519 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbook

Speed and agility training

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Speed and agility are fundamental locomotive skills that form the basis of many physical activities, and contribute to success in youth sport. Speed and agility represent unique qualities; speed is the ability to move quickly in a straight line, whereas agility is the ability to rapidly change direction in response to a stimulus. Agility can be further sub-divided into the physical component of change-of-direction-speed and a perceptual component related to the ability to respond to external stimuli. The natural development and trainability of speed has become relatively well understood in children and adolescents, whereas our understanding of agility is predominantly limited to a smaller body of research examining change-of-direction-speed. This chapter focuses on describing the natural development of maximal speed and agility throughout childhood and adolescence, as well as examining interactions between training and maturity in both the short- and long-term across a range of different modes of training.

Chapter.  10956 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine

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