Agility training for team sports – running the OODA loop

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Ian Jeffreys

It could be argued that no domain of fitness has undergone as dramatic a change over the last 10 to 15 years as agility training. This is a reflection of the fact that agility plays a key role in high-level performance in team and court sports, and secondly, that our understanding of agility itself and the way to train it has evolved at the same rate. Today, the vocabulary of agility has similarly evolved and now involves elements such as reactive agility, change of direction speed, and so on. However, despite this, there still remains a degree of separation between the theoretical constructs of agility and the actual movement that we see on the field of play. This article will attempt to develop the concept of agility training further by focusing on the challenges facing athletes today on the field of play, borrowing from a range of other quite diverse fields to outline a potentially new way of looking at the challenges of agility.

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