Peak Performance Speed For Football
Winning The State Championship Through Explosive Peak Performance Training!
Every college coach, NFL coach and high school coach understands that speed kills. If you have explosive, fast athletes, your team can score from anywhere at any time. The fastest most explosive athletes are the ones who score the most touchdowns, get the Division-I (FBS) scholarships, and go on to the NFL.
There are also a lot of myths out there about how to develop speed. Every athlete has a certain makeup of fast-twitch (explosiveness, speed) and slow-twitch fibers (endurance) in the genetic makeup. That makeup is genetic, but when athletes train, they can train to maximize the use of those particular fibers.
Through correct speed training and the balance of appropriate speed conditioning, a football athlete can recruit the use of more fast twitch fibers while maintaining the value of the slow twitch fibers.
When training there are several stages of development for training that will help an athlete develop peak levels of speed performance.
Every athlete can get faster whether they are a lineman or a defensive back. Speed is a skill just like catching a football, making a block or throwing a pass.
Speed Is A Skill Like Any Other
General Preparation Phase / Post-Season Training
When training for speed during this phase of training, which goes from the end of the football season to the spring, the athlete should focus on developing technique and skills in:
- Sprint Mechanics
- Change of direction
- Foot Quickness
There are specific techniques that when learned, the athlete has a baseline of development they can draw from to improve their speed skills. This is critical to becoming fast and should be done two-three days per week with a coach or trainer.
A Baseline Of Techniques Can Improve Speed Skills
Specific Preparation Phase / Off-Season Training
In this phase athletes should develop specific speed, apply and emphasize techniques learned in the general prep phase, and focus on the drills that will make them faster.
Athletes should train a minimum of 2 times per week and focus on a combination of speed endurance and explosive speed designed to create muscle overload and true speed that can be used on the field.
This should include running track, doing higher intensity speed training, overload training (i.e. using sleds, parachutes and other equipment that provides explosive qualities for performance), high intensity change of direction drills and focused foot quickness drills. This phase runs from spring to the beginning of the summer and should be done with a coach or trainer.
Athletes Should Train A Minimum Of Twice A Week
Sport Specific Preparation Phase / Pre-Season Training
Speed training should be focused on football specific speed, which includes training that is characteristic to a game that involves explosive 2-8 second movements as well as movements and drills that involved 10 drills of 4-15 seconds with 20-30 second breaks to mirror the actions of an offensive drive.
This will create speed, strength, explosiveness and conditioning specific to the needs of football reaction drills and sprint drill incorporated game situations and cadences are important for sport speed.
Speed drills should focus multi-discipline speed like short obstacle courses that have foot drills, sprinting, change of direction and other explosive characteristics. The application of the training toward a football game is the key to success in this phase. This phase goes from the end of the school year to and including pre-season football camp.
Performance Peak & Maintenance / In-Season Training
This phase should include a combination of speed drills for burst and explosion with obstacle training to create an environment that will peak the athlete for the end of the season, and hold the peak throughout the playoffs.
In this phase speed training should only take place twice per week, focusing on the quality of the training. Many coaches make the mistake of trying to run their kids into the ground during the season instead of focusing on the quality of each conditioning and speed session.
This may include sets of routes being run by receivers, timing their routes, pulling drills for linemen timing their pulls, end zone runs by running backs designed to time them when they break away from a defender and run for a touchdown, sideline to sideline runs for a linebacker, or 3,5 & 7 step drop timing for a quarterback.
Rest is as important as training in this phase. This speed training approach with equaled phase training for strength, position skills and game knowledge will allow your game to be at a peak level when you need it most.
To win state you must prepare to win state and speed is key to success.
About The Author
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