Agility refers to an individual’s ability to rapidly change directions without the loss of speed, balance, or body control. The purpose of agility training is to improve an individual’s ability to react suddenly and to change direction quickly during athletic events and other physical activities.
The benefits of agility training contribute to overall physical fitness as well as skill development in virtually any sport: improved quickness of movement, balance, coordination, muscle activation, joint strength, and footwork.
How to Incorporate Agility Training
Agility training can easily be incorporated into skill development, circuit training, and standard PE activities. Here are three ways to incorporate agility training:
- Add training hurdles and agility ladders to obstacle
- Create agility stations using dot drill mats
- Use reaction balls instead of traditional balls to add agility training to bounce-and-catch games and activities.