This week I've been filming a heap of additional speed, agility and quickness drills for the students in my Personal Trainer Accelerator Program. I just wanted to share a couple with you that you might like to use with your clients who participate in social sports.
You can use SAQ training for anyone who does a racket sport (like tennis, squash), a ball sport (think basketball, handball, netball) or plays in a football code (soccer, rugby union, touch, gridiron, etc). Even runners can benefit, particularly those who run off-road and have to dodge potholes (like this guy, who ran up Mt Everest in 26 hours).
SAQ training is really important for social sports clients because not only does it improve their performance (so they can brag about their efforts in crushing their opponent on the score board), but it also reduces their risk of acute injuries such as joint sprains and muscle strains.
I think of it as training the body to work with the brain: when your head registers that there is a defender coming at you, your body needs to keep up with your head's request to GET OUT OF THE WAY and keep moving towards the goal. If the body is too slow, you end up with either a sprained ankle or your tackled to the ground in a cloud of dust. Ouch.
There is one main thing to remember with SAQ work: you need to move as fast as you can. If you don't, you may as well not bother doing the training and go for a run instead. The focus is not on the muscles, it's on the neural system, which will only improve in speed if each individual movement is made with purpose and performed as fast as you can.
But SAQ training is a 3 step process:
Check out these three videos, all of which focus on the reaction component of SAQ.
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Tristan Hill, Masters of Sports Coaching, author of Lifting the Bar and mentor to Personal Trainers.