The ability to accelerate is one of the most important physical attributes an athlete can have. Acceleration has been shown to highly correlate to on-field success, so it’s important that football coaches learn how to develop this ability.
In this video, Jim Kielbaso teaches the fundamental principles of acceleration mechanics in a way that you will easily be able to apply to your next training session. Jim has used these techniques and coaching cues with thousands of athletes and has had tremendous success with football players at every level. Whether you’re dealing with high school players or NFL vets, understanding these principles can help you develop more explosive athletes.
It’s important to understand that the foundation of speed is mechanical efficiency. Athletes need to be applying force into the ground in in the right direction and with optimal movement patterns. Without this, speed will never be optimized. After technique is addressed, force production should be enhanced through appropriate strength training. Finally, the nervous system needs to be refined so the athlete is firing on all cylinders.
With these steps in mind, teaching acceleration mechanics should be the starting point of any speed training program. Focus on technique before overloading the movement, and provide as much feedback as possible. This video will help you understand how to teach this important movement sequence.
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