Skill-Related Training

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Skill-Related Training

Agility Training:

Strength, speed and balance are important elements of agility and any training of these will result in improved agility.

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Effects of training:

Body movements can be made quicker

More unpredictable movements can be made to beat an opponent.

Balance Training:

Balance requires delicate control and good static strength in relation to body weight.

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Climbing requires both static balances and dynamic balances in order to move up a rock face. The use of a boldering wall in the early stages of climbing will help develop these types of balance.

Effects of training:

Static balance gives fine muscle control and stability balance.

Dynamic balance gives better control in more extreme conditions.

Co-ordination Training:

From learning to throw and catch a ball at a young age, to hitting a fast moving squash ball later in life, require not only good hand eye co-ordination but the ability to move the body into the correct position.

Practice is the best form of training co-ordination and specific practice for individual sports.

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Effects of Training:

Movements appear smooth and flowing.

Movements become more effective.

Reaction Training:

It is highly unlikely that reaction times can be improved, however response time can be improved.

Response time is the total time taken to complete a response to a given stimulus.

Response time = reaction time + movement time.

Response is dependant on the recognition of what is required and the physical response.

Response time can only improve with experience where situations become more familiar and the athletes are able to think and act more quickly to a given situation.

Effects of training:

Faster muscle responses.

Fewer movement errors.

Improved decision making in choice reaction situations - giving improved performance.

More time to make decisions.

Training for Timing:

Training to improve timing involves repetition of activities until speed and distance have been learned.

It is the gaining of experience that will improve timing as with reaction training.

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