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Andy Haley
- Andy Haley is an Associate Content Director at STACK Media. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science...

Reaction Training for Quickness

April 5, 2011

Sports training often centers on improving explosive strength and speed, since they help an athlete beat out an opponent or win a race to a ball. Quickness, however, is not just about the muscles’ ability to propel the body. It's also mental. The mind’s ability to react and signal the muscles can provide a split-second advantage that might mean the difference between success and failure.

To improve reaction time, you must challenge your mind to identify a stimulus and react as quickly as possible. This can be accomplished by performing drills that force you to react to a sudden starting signal—similar to a track race or a football snap.

Other reaction drills involve responding to a coach's signal to change direction, as in AJ Hawk’s Resisted Reaction Series [see videos above]. This drill helps athletes react to plays like a forward pass in football, a ground ball in baseball and a serve in tennis.

Andy Haley
- Andy Haley is an Associate Content Director at STACK Media. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science...