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What Are the Benefits of Agility Training?

By Kim Nunley

Agility is the ability to efficiently coordinate the changing of body position. It requires an individual to possess adequate strength, power, balance and body control. It's an essential component to succeeding in sports such as basketball and tennis, where athletes are required to change directions, implement speed bursts and quick stops and react to their sport's ever-changing situations. With training, agility can be improved upon, resulting in benefits to athletes and non-athletes alike.

Performance Enhancement

In sports, athletes are required to change directions, accelerate, decelerate and be able to react at all times to different situations in their sporting event. Training teaches them to do these things more efficiently, which decreases the amount of time it takes to perform such activities. As a result, they are able to maneuver around their playfield at a higher level and perform better in their sport.

Agility training also improves the performance of non-athletes, when faced with situations where required to react, such as correcting and maintaining balance when faced with varying walking surfaces. Individuals can perform their day-to-day activities such as mowing the lawn or playing with a child at a higher level and more efficiently when they participate in agility training.

Recovery Management

Agility training increases an individual's agility endurance. When the skeletal system is trained to handle longer durations of these types of activities, it allows athletes to perform at high levels for longer periods, both in single games or matches and throughout their athletic season.

Increases in endurance from agility training also lessen the amount of time an individual needs to recover. The body is better equipped to handle the impact from such movements and isn't as physically taxed or fatigued. The decrease in recovery time allows athletes to reenter their game or match more quickly, as well as return the next day after a sporting event better recovered to perform their activity again at the same high level.

Injury Prevention

With increased endurance created from agility training, an individual's skeletal system is better equipped to handle longer durations of agility-types activities, thus decreasing chances of injuries due to fatigue.

Flexibility has been found to improve with agility training, which directly decreases injuries due to an individual performing movement of extreme range of motion.

Agility training teaches the correct body placement while performing movements, which means that sensitive areas such as the shoulders, knees or lower back are more protected.

Agility training also increases balance and body control, so individuals are better able to maintain and correct their center of gravity and avoid hurting themselves because of falling of attempting to catch oneself.

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