Speed training has become one of the most important aspects of any athlete’s training program. Young athletes now have more opportunity then they once had and many are taking advantage of it. If you watch sports you know that speed on any playing surface can be the difference in wins and losses. Take Oregon football for example: They have, for the last decade, been quite possibly the fastest team in the country and have been a force in college football.
The younger an athlete starts the higher the ceiling becomes. The main reason I recommend starting athletes out young is all about form and technique. If you can teach them young how to position arms, strike the ground, start, etc. they will already be ahead of others that choose not to, or don’t have the resources.
Speed training is NOT throwing out a speed ladder, hurdles, bands etc. There is much more to speed training than that. If you have ever signed yourself, or your child, up for a speed program and they first thing you see is a speed ladder laid out, ask for your money back. This is the lazy or uneducated way to speed “train”. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is definite need for those resources but it doesn’t start there. It starts at the toes to the top of the head with good posture in between.
At Infinity we run a six week program starting Oct. 13th that consists of movement mechanics, explosive movement, agility, reaction, acceleration and core development. Our program has been very successful. It has been creating a visible difference in our athletes and it is being used on every type of field and court. If you are the parent of an athlete or an athlete yourself, I recommend finding a speed program that is near you. It will change the way you play the game.
Mike Sheahan, CPT, PES, CES, NASE