Most competitive sports require rapid whole-body movements in which athletes need to accelerate, decelerate, and change direction in response to game situations. That’s why coaches, athletes, and strength and conditioning professionals are constantly searching for the most effective ways to improve agility and quickness.
As the world’s leading organization in the field of sport conditioning, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is at the forefront of such knowledge. In Developing Agility and Quickness, Second Edition, 19 of the NSCA’s leading experts provide evidence-based assessment tools, exercises, drills, and training regimens to achieve that aim:
More than 130 drills—with instructions, photos, and diagrams—offer a smorgasbord of proven activities to enhance athletes’ ability to rapidly accelerate or decelerate in three dimensions.
Twelve agility and quickness tests provide gauges of present abilities and methods to measure progress.
Guidelines for tailoring training to specific needs present a blueprint for increasing change of direction speed and explosive movement.
New chapters on warm-up methods and age and sex considerations prepare athletes to get the most from their training.
Sport-specific training plans foster peak performance for athletes in 15 specific sports.
Developing Agility and Quickness is an essential training guide for athletes and coaches seeking to excel in today’s fast-action sports. The drills and training programs in this book will get you a step ahead of the competition, whether you’re on the court or on the turf.
Key to Diagrams
Chapter 1. Developing Change of Direction Speed
Chapter 2. Factors Determining Quickness
Chapter 3. Warm-Up Methods and Techniques for Agility Training
Chapter 4. Age and Sex Considerations
Chapter 5. Testing, Assessment, and Monitoring of Agility and Quickness
Chapter 6. Change of Direction Speed Drills
Chapter 7. Quickness Drills
Chapter 8. Agility and Quickness Program Design
Chapter 9. Sport-Specific Agility and Quickness Training
Baseball and Softball
Football (American or Gridiron)
About the NSCA
About the Editor
About the Contributors
Contributors to the Previous Edition
Audiences-Athletes and professionals working with athletes, including strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers, and sport coaches.