Reaction Training for Quickness

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.

Topics: FOOTBALL | TENNIS | REACTION TIME | A.J. HAWK | AGILITY TRAINING | SPORTS | DRILL | TRACK | SERVE | SPORTS TRAINING

Andy Haley Andy Haley - Andy Haley is the Performance Director at STACK, and has been with the Company for over six years. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA, he's worked with hundreds of elite performance experts to create articles and videos to educate STACK's audience with safe and ef
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