What It Takes to Make This Catch

August 6, 2010

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This might be the greatest catch ever, and some may wonder how it’s even possible.

A play like this isn’t due to luck. The athlete must have incredible skills even to think about making it. In this case, Masato Akamatsu demonstrated his talent by quickly reacting to the flight of the ball, ferociously sprinting to the wall, and having the concentration and coordination to scale the wall like Spider-Man and make the catch.

The ability to make "impossible" plays look routine separates great athletes from merely good ones. The three skills Akamatsu exhibited—first-step reaction, explosive speed and focused coordination—can and should be consistently developed with a training program. Improving these facets of your game may not allow you to make a superhuman catch like Akamatsu, but it can help you beat an opponent in a race for the ball, or make a diving touchdown catch.

To take your play-making ability to the next level, check out these STACK athlete exercise videos:

Source:  deadspin.com

Andy Haley
- Andy Haley is the Performance Director at STACK. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Miami...
Andy Haley
- Andy Haley is the Performance Director at STACK. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Miami...
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