Why You Need A Certified Speed and Agility Coach

At No Risk Sports Performance, we work to develop better athletes. Better athletes are generally faster, stronger, and more agile. We have had some good athletes walk in the door. They were even better when they walked out. How do we do this?

What we do is more than just running athletes through poorly executed agility drills and does “core work”. We don’t just have weights and run our athletes through a weight program. We have qualified coaches who have been trained on mechanics. The mechanics of running means there is technique involved. Where is the foot supposed to be when accelerating? How is the hip and torso angled at this moment? What muscle is dominant and what is the core doing at the moment of take off? Where are the hips, knees, and ankles aligned when an athlete is cutting? What are the arms doing at this same moment? There is a lot to the mechanics of developing better athletes.

Typically, when we see coaches who are not certified in Speed and Agility or Sports Performance coaching, run teams through speed and agility drills, out come ladders, cones, hurdles, and haphazardly each athlete runs through the drills. There is no movement correction, no progressions, just a bunch of drills, followed by some planks, and lets call it a day. This is not a speed and agility program, and it is not conditioning.

Our staff is trained in the performance aspect of speed and agility. They drill, observe, correct, and re-drill. If an athlete moves at an angle too wide or too narrow, there is a correction, and a repeat, so the athlete feels what it is supposed to feel like. If their knees buckle when they squat with their bodies, then we have ways to correct this, and until they strengthen their hip abductor muscles and glute medius, they will not ever do a loaded squat. There is always a progression. If an athlete cannot walk properly, then march properly, then skip properly, they will not run properly. The program is also tailored to monitor the volume each athlete experiences to maximize their progress, as well as minimize injury.

The overall goal of our program is to make our athletes faster, more agile, stronger, and more resilient. Secondarily, we want them to develop a healthy attitude towards training. Training is something they can always do for their health, even when their playing days are over.

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