Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Game Acceleration

In Conditioning or Speed Reserve? I mentioned acceleration from tall(er) positions and transitioning into acceleration out of different movements. Some great coaches have been doing this for a long time; but in order to prepare for what's ahead, athletes need to be able to accelerate anytime, anywhere.

Sprinting at maximal velocity is a major component and helps with acceleration from different positions. Also, plyometrics are vital, but we can't forget what might be the most 'plyometric' of them all, max velocity sprinting.

Everything in training is accessory to the game, but the closest training connections as far as specificity goes must be running, jumping, and agility movements; bridging the gap.



Josh Leeger said...

Great post! Strength training is one thing (and only one thing), fundamental movement training is quite another...and don't forget throwing (from standing or while moving, bilateral or unilateral)...and singing!

Aaron Schwenzfeier said...

Thanks Josh.

Yes, fundamental movement is very important, and teaching components of it a few times is nice, but athletes need the opportunity for lots of practice sprinting, jumping, and changing direction in situations that are "game-like".

Of course singing well helps too; it can be good distraction strategy!

Josh Leeger said...

Yes! But I see sprinting (and singing) as a "fundamental movement."

Max-speed sprinting should be the result of one of two things - terror or joy.

Singing helps to focus the intention. The warrior sings a battle-song before sprinting across the field to fight his opponent.

The overjoyed person sings (or "yells" - YES!) before she sprints as fast as she can to experience that emotion bodily!

Aaron Schwenzfeier said...

Ha! You always keep me thinking!