Wall drives

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Andy Hudson

‘The Wall Drive’ is an exercise that predominantly helps to develop anathlete’s ability to apply the appropriate force through the ground, during the stance phase, when accelerating. Quick acceleration towards ‘peak speed’ not only requires high ground reaction forces butalso an ability to recover the leg quickly, sought partly through rapid hip flexion. The rate that an individual can recover their leg in order to take the next step, during the first 10 metres of acceleration is critical. Developing the quickness of this movement will impact on the entire acceleration phase. Both of these factors are supported by appropriate body position, and this drill will aid in the development of all these physical characteristics.

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