Technical models for change of direction: biomechanical principles

Premium

Richard Clarke with Rodrigo Aspe, Debby Sargent, Jonathan Hughes and Peter Mundy

It is commonly reported that team sports utilise multi-directional running patterns containing frequent and varied changes of direction (COD). In order to ensure optimum performance and effective task completion, it is important that strength and conditioning (S&C) coaches understand the key technical parameters associated with the type of COD being executed. Traditionally, the technical model for the execution of an exercise or a movement has been described in detail with step-by-step descriptions of the body’s movements and positions during different phases.8 However, during sports performance, the types of COD performed are task-, environment- and individually-dependent. For example, invasion sports such as football and hockey may contain frequent 180° changes of direction to transition from one end of the pitch to the other (task) in reaction to a change in possession (environment). The specific movement executed will be influenced by these factors, as well as the individual’s capabilities, such as strength levels, range of motion, and anthropometrics.

Want to learn more, free for 14 days?

The text above is a sample excerpt from Technical models for change of direction: biomechanical principles.

Sign-up to our free 14-day trial to read the complete article and obtain access to all our premium content.


SIGN-UP NOW

Already a UKSCA member? Login to to read the complete article.