Movement training for football

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Ian Jeffreys

This article looks at the application of speed and agility training specifically for football. The term movement training is used, rather than the more traditional speed and agility due to the fact that the key aim of training is the enhancement of on-field performance. While this concept may appear merely semantics, it does represent an important concept, i.e. the specific application of traditional speed and agility techniques to sports movement. On-field football performance requires the integration of speed and agility with football skills, and here movement control is vital and not simply the speed of movement which is the main aim of traditional speed and agility training. For this reason, the term movement training is preferred, reflecting the movement requirements of the game. While this article focuses on football,the principles out lined here can easily be applied to all team and field sports.

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