Sunday, May 24, 2009

Top Soccer Coach Provides Conditioning Tips

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Gatz's new book offers agility insights

Excerpt adapted from Complete Conditioning for Soccer (Human Kinetics, 2009).

Champaign, IL-- Along with accelerating, agility involves reaction time, balance, coordination, stopping, and starting. Agility drills can be either reactive or nonreactive. Nonreactive drills are those in which the athlete can anticipate what is going to happen, whereas reactive drills require the athlete to react to a stimulus and make a split-second decision. Both reactive and nonreactive drills will improve your agility, but as a soccer player you should focus on reactive drills. These are most likely to transfer to the game. The following agility essentials form the framework for designing a training routine for increasing your quickness and ability to change direction.


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