GCFA Speed Development Training
Okay. Why on earth would we want a player to play faster? Why is that important? It’s kind of obvious isn’t it. If you can play faster and with accuracy then your opponents should have a hard time getting the ball from you. And thats what we want.
But here's the thing. We do have slow players in the game and whilst their physical speed may never be as fast as others for whatever reason, their thinking can be, which also has a major role in making them quicker. If you think and recognise situations quicker than those around you - you can make up for that deficit of physical speed.
But that is for another day.
So whats involved in a players speed? Well there is a lot to make up that answer. Let's look at just some of the following…
- Mental focus is important as mentioned above;
- Adopting a correct running style and posture;
- Their core strength;
- Their stride length;
- The proper use and positioning of the arms;
- Their cadence;
- And thats just a few.
At the Academy we ensure that players can be as fast as they can be. To do this we have developed programs in the HPC, Cardio Room and outdoors that include dynamic flexibility, high knee lift, plyometrics and working on the various muscles to strengthen and afford them a balance between accelerating efficiently and effectively - and decelerating, something we think is ignored a lot.
Football is not a straightforward race for the ball. Sometimes you’re in front. Sometimes you’re behind. And mostly you’ll run from different starting positions and angles.
So speed is important. Thats why we focus on it.