"Athletic Edge probably
trains a third of the
athletes in our collegiate
program, all of whom are
from the finest D-I and
D-III lacrosse programs
in the nation. Not only
do they get customized
but also sport-specific
NJ Elite Lacrosse Club
Agility is the sequencing together of
acceleration, deceleration, stabilization and re-acceleration. Light, quick-moving, nimble steps. At Athletic Edge, we believe
it to be the key to most sports success and find that the deceleration and stabilization pieces are what make one athlete more
agile than another.
exercises translate into rapid change of direction on the field
Coaches here look at agility training two different ways: as technical work, including footwork that emphasizes the
deceleration/stabilization phase, and as conditioning, which is an effective tool to combat the fatigue which tends
to zap necessary stopping strength. While the latter is important, mastering the deceleration/stabilization phase
separates good athletes from great ones. (It is also the point where most injuries occur.) If sports are viewed
as a series of stops and starts all linked together, then the athlete who stops first also starts first, thereby
creating space between themselves and the rest of the pack.
drills help athletes stop on a dime when necessary
Trainers at Athletic Edge understand how to create those coveted, quick, light-moving, nimble steps. In addition
to the footwork exercises, balance work and plyometric drills also have value in increasing one's agility.
Incorporated into an athlete's strength and conditioning program, they round out effective agility training and
help create the distance that our athletes seek to put between themselves and opponents on the playing field. Some
aspect of speed is important in almost all sports, whether it be sustained or fleeting. Whichever the case, Athletic
Edge is ready to get you fast results.
Deceleration is equally or more important than acceleration. Understanding
that sports are about constant starts and stops or change of direction tells
us that he or she who stops first also begins their next movement first,
hence creating space for themselves.
Joint and Core Stability are necessary for rapid change of direction.
A body moving in one direction must stop all its parts before they can go
in a new direction.