Power is the ability to produce a large amount of force in the shortest possible time. It may be the MOST important aspect of agilty.
When an athlete is on the field, the only resistance they have to overcome is the momentum of their own body weight. Because body weight remains, for the most part, the same over the course of a game or match, the only variable is how fast the athlete can move. Thus if an athlete can move faster, they increase power without adding any strength! Think about what acceleration is; increasing velocity of body movement. The faster the body moves the greater the power.
To a certain extent, power can be improved without ANY external resistance. By teaching the athlete to move their body weight as fast as possible, power increases can be fairly simple to achieve. Body weight exercises such as squats, lunges, pushups, pullups and planks train the athlete to move their body weight efficiently.
Also, by using hurdles, boxes, rings and agility ladders, we can improve how the athlete jumps, lands, shuffles and accelerates. The most important part is teaching proper techinque. As they say, power is nothing without control. Proper technique minimizes injury risk and also maximizes movement efficiency because there are fewer energy "leaks" in joints that are not moving in the proper alignment.
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