It’s well established that football is a multi-directional sport that requires players to perform numerous changes of direction during a typical 90 minute game. It is therefore paramount that players have the necessary attributes to deal with these demands to both improve performance and reduce injury.
In order to change direction quickly and explosively, a football player must learn how to stop properly, effectively and safely. The most dangerous player on the field isn't always the fastest one, but the one that can stop the fastest and then explode in a new direction.
To develop these skills it is essential that players expose themselves to various training stimulus throughout the season which help them to develop key components of strength, power, speed, and agility.
Whilst it has been concluded that acceleration, maximum speed, and agility are specific qualities and relatively unrelated to one another it is vital that each speed component is utilised when working with these athletes.
In addition to these separate components it is also important for coaches to offer open skilled drills that improve the cognitive ability of the athlete which challenges them to react to a physical stimulus to aid in the whole body change of direction required to improve and develop sport specific agility.
The Fitlight Trainer™ system is a wireless light system comprised of 8 RGD LED powered lights and a central PDA Controller. The lights are used as targets for the athlete to activate or deactivate as per the training stimulus or routine. Various measurements can be captured for immediate feedback in relation to the athlete’s performance or can be downloaded to a central computer for future analysis.
The lights can be deactivated by the use of the athlete’s hands, feet, and head or by any other sports specific means. The lights can be programmed to be deactivated by full contact or proximity sensing whereby the system is able to record time for any athletic training function.
This function allows any drill to be sport specific and control the movement patterns to reflect the needs analysis of the sport, and increase the complexity of the drill with the inclusion of skill based activity that can stimulate;
• Hand/Eye/Body/Brain Co-ordination
• Visual Cognitive Abilities
• Peripheral Awareness
• Hand/Eye/Brain Processing Speed and Accuracy.
• Vision/Auditory/Hand Co-ordination
• Visual Reaction Sharpness/Speed
• Visual Memory