Planned change of direction training

Agility is a complex skill and planned change of direction drills address some but not all the determinants of performance. These drills will typically involve a linear sprint and a change of direction which is pre-set before the player starts running. This can be useful for learning the appropriate techniques of a successful change of direction as there are no other distractions in the drill (Simonek et al 2016). The players can focus on the coordination of their change of direction technique and make sure they get used to the basic movement patterns needed. These drills also expose the players to the high loads associated with rapid accelerations and decelerations. The following are some examples of planned change of direction drills.