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Agility is About Sports Performance

By Tim Rodmaker, Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning, 02/19/19, 12:00PM CST


The environment impacts performance. And then there’s another team to factor in. All this makes sports messy, chaotic, and unpredictable.

Agility is probably one of the most difficult things to coach and it’s one of the things most susceptible to hype and guruisms. This post is going to present some thoughts about agility training and sports. At the end of the day, the most difficult thing about coaching agility is that you have to understand the sport and its movement patterns.

Drills teach us to be better at drills: The idea behind most agility drills is to take a component of the movements used in a sport and focus on it in an isolated context. In theory this could allow the athlete to learn and execute the skill with a high degree of competence and then apply it during the sport.