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 Plyometric Programs - Improve Lateral Movement In An Athlete 
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Plyometric Programs - Improve Lateral Movement In An Athlete
by: Adam Rise

Every time coaches and sports trainers talk about the qualities they desire in an athlete, speed is typically at the top of their list. Other attributes may also be considered important, but speed is the number one commodity that can independently alter the course of any sports match.

Running speed is usually assessed by measuring the time it takes for an athlete to complete a run at a given distance or by weighing his speed against another athlete in a match. However, speed is not essentially measurable by merely observing an athlete run faster than an opponent.

Speed demonstrated in a straight line is simply a facet of speed in a given sport. If you wish to determine true speed, you need to observe an athlete's ability to react quickly, change speeds, and change directions in a heartbeat. In addition, the athlete must be able to perform these tasks repeatedly and at an unswervingly high level all throughout the sports match.

Lateral movement, also known as slide, is developed by exercises that condition the cardio-respiratory system and musculo skeletal system of the lower body. Slide training basically consists of side-to-side gliding movements.

The ability to move quickly in a lateral direction is beneficial in a variety of sports. As a matter of fact, a variety of drills have been developed to condition and boost muscle use and responsiveness that focus on lateral movements.

A directional change is only effective when it is done rapidly. Therefore, as an athlete, you must aim to increase your speed in changing directions. Ideally, the movements must be swift and repetitive. This ability is beneficial in various sports such as soccer and basketball.

Even though most changes of direction take place in a five-yard area, it is considered a facet of endurance and speed that only a strong and well-trained athlete can produce. Without adequate strength, a person will not be able to spawn the desired sharpness.

In addition, lack of physical vigor can also translate to a lack of ability to perform snappish replication of movement.

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