Sports Skills Articles

Each sport requires athletes to master specific skills—for example, shooting in basketball, footwork in soccer, batting in softball. Perfecting these skills requires learning the skill techniques and repeatedly performing drills to commit them to muscle memory. Learn the best skill-building techniques and drills from top coaches and athletes.

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7 Steps to a Perfect Free Throw

There are good free throw shooters, then there's Elena Delle Donne. The WNBA star's ability at the charity stripe is simply unrivaled by any other pro...

The Skills and Drills That Make Paul Goldschmidt a Perennial MVP Candidate

Whether it's at the plate, in the field or on the base paths, Paul Goldschmidt gets it done. He's a multi-time Silver Slugger award winner, a multi...

THROWBACK: At 38 Years Old, Drew Brees Believes His Best Football is Still Ahead of Him

The following article first appeared on STACK in July 2017. At the time, Brees and the Saints were coming off three consecutive 7-9 seasons, and many...

The Childhood Drill That Helped Pat Mahomes Build Superhuman Arm Strength

On a handful of passing attempts each game, Patrick Mahomes seemingly shreds the laws of physics. When a quarterback drops back to throw, their bra...

Doug Baldwin Says Basketball Is the Best Workout for Becoming a Better Route Runner

At 5-foot-10, 192 pounds, Doug Baldwin rarely has a size advantage over the man across from him. Yet the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver is one of t...

Futsal: Is This Simple Game the Missing Link in American Youth Soccer?

Johan Cruyff, the Dutch forward widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players in history, once said, "I trained about 3-4 hours a week at Ajax...

2 Great Basketball Drills to Do on Your Own

Formal basketball practice is obviously an important part of your development as a player. However, spending time practicing on your own will give you...

Coaches Can Maximize the Impact of Their Feedback by Saying Less

Swedish psychologist Anders Ericsson said that deliberate practice (meaning practice that maximizes learning) requires certain elements. One of those ...

How to Develop Better Athletic Balance

Balance is an important athletic skill. From Lionel Messi to Todd Gurley, many of the world's greatest athletes demonstrate exceptional balance on a r...

How to Increase Your Bat Speed by Increasing Your Mobility

If you like this article, please feel free to follow @RPP_Performance on Twitter! A few months back, I sat down and watched our hitting instructor,...

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