Seven Steps to Improving Lateral Quickness
The ability to change direction is at the forefront of sports performance; and for many field and court sports, it’s more so lateral movement than linear that creates separation from a defender. Looking to improve your first step quickness, knee stability, and reduce the risk of injury? While lower body strength plays an important role, the appropriate progression of exercises that emphasize proper landing mechanics and elasticity can teach an athlete how to utilize the strength that is gained through lifting.
Whether an athlete can progress through a given exercise is influenced by several factors: training age, strength, and predisposed athletic qualities all dictate whether an athlete needs more or less time with a given movement. It is important that the athlete understands the purpose of the exercise and has the prerequisite level of strength so that they can perform it safely and with the proper intent.
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