Developing Agility and Quickness, Paperback
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"Developing Agility and Quickness" focuses on improving athletes' fleetness of foot, speed of change of direction and reaction time.

Applicable across almost every sport, the book explains the purposes behind the training, presents tests to gauge ability and monitor progress. "Developing Agility and Quickness" contains more than 100 drills to improve each area as well as providing programmes that develop sport-specific quickness and agility.

For all athletes, the ability to quickly change direction is often the difference between success and failure.

Virtually all sports require rapid whole-body movements in which an athlete is required to instantly accelerate, decelerate, or change direction in response to game situations.

The reality is that in most sports the ability to quickly change direction is more important than having great straight-line sprinting speed.

For this reason, many coaches and athletes are interested in finding effective ways to improve agility and quickness.

The purpose of this book is to assist the sports coach, athlete, and strength and conditioning professional in accomplishing that goal.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 216 pages, 93 illustrations, 94 photographs
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
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  • Category: Exercise & workout books
  • ISBN: 9780736083263



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Developing Agility and Quickness is an extremely well-researched and clearly written guide on athletic agility and speed. It begins with the basics of strength, speed and agility and moves on to testing and drills. The section on designing a performance improvement plan includes descriptions of the specific physical needs of nine individual sports (baseball & softball, basketball, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball and wrestling) and outlines drills that address the specific physical and mental needs of those sports. This is an excellent and comprehensive guide for improving athletic performance. As the book says, “Excellence is not an accident!”

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This book is a good basic guide for creating your own drill program for agility and fitness, an important part of athletic training for muscular coordination that allows you, for example, to accelerate past an opponent and have stability in speed and changes of direction. The first chapters discuss the components of agility, and factors that determine agility and quickness. The third chapter tells you how to test for these factors through evaluation drills. The rest of the book outlines a variety of specific drills for agility, quickness, agility and quickness program design, and sport specific agility and quickness training. NSCA picked it's leading experts to cover every aspect of agility and quickness. Highly recommended.

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There are many reasons to own this book. If you are in the sports-field it is a MUST HAVE. The knowledge gained from the first few chapters, before you even get into the agility and speed enhancing techniques, is quite impressive and interesting. Terms like "anticipation," "perception" and "arousal" helped me understand what is happening in the mind and body. The correlation to the drill examples is seamless. I have started using the techniques and from the workouts I expect to see some strong gains. All athletes would benefit from reading Developing Agility and Quickness and if you think that it means just football and soccer, you are wrong. Athletes of any sport can improve their performance using this great book.This book is full of pictures and drill-diagrams that make it very clear to understand.If you are in the “weight-loss-by-exercise,” rather than “fad diet” business, then this is a fantastic book to use. I can see how the speed and agility drills can be tailored to fit your client’s needs. Boot camp businesses and gyms come to mind. In fact, you don’t even have to tailor the drills. Just let them do it and improve!For me personally, after qualifying for the 2012 ING NYC Marathon earlier this year, this book will improve my time by improving my speed. I’m sure it will help my boxing and salsa dancing as well.Enjoy!

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This book is directed specifically to sport training. Most of the book is focused on detailed and well illustrated drills, which will generally improve your agility and quickness on the field, but it also has quite a few drills specifically designed for individual sports. The authors also cover the factors contributing to agility and quickness, but not in great depth. They mention the mental response variables, but most of this books is focused on techniques and practice drills.

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Very good reference book. It offers background information that can be applicable to both coaches and the 'lay' athlete. The drills are numerous with descriptive passages that are easy to follow. The book layout provides structure for how to test for and create a program to improve agility and quickness, as well as cross referencing the drills for specific sports.