Speed and Agility Training



Key Reading

Gamble, P. (2011). Training for sports speed and agility: an evidence-based approach. Routledge.

Haff, G. G., & Triplett, N. T. (Eds.). (2015) Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning (4th Ed.) Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. (Ch 6 by Swank & Sharp; Ch 19 by DeWeese & Nimphius)

Joyce, D., & Lewindon, D. (Eds.). (2014). High-Performance Training for Sports. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. (Ch 13 by Sophia Nimphius)

Key Paper

Nimphius, S., Callaghan, S. J., Bezodis, N. E., & Lockie, R. G. (2018). Change of direction and agility tests: Challenging our current measures of performance. Strength & Conditioning Journal, 40(1), 26-38.

Produced by the excellent Strength of Science website, the video below is an audio abstract of the paper cited above, where the lead author gives further insight into the paper's intentions. 

Further Reading


Čoh, M., Babić, V. and Maćkała, K. (2010) Biomechanical, Neuromuscular and Methodical Aspects of Running Speed Development. Journal of Human Kinetics. Vol. 26: 73-81

Dawes, J. and Roozen, M. (2012). Developing Agility and Quickness. Leeds: Human Kinetic

Kawamori, N., Nosaka, K., & Newton, R. U. (2013). Relationships between ground reaction impulse and sprint acceleration performance in team sport athletes. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 27(3), 568-573.

Weyand, P. G., Sandell, R. F., Prime, D. N., & Bundle, M. W. (2010). The biological limits to running speed are imposed from the ground up. Journal of applied physiology, 108(4), 950-961.

Nimphius, S., Callaghan, S. J., Bezodis, N. E., & Lockie, R. G. (2018). Change of direction and agility tests: Challenging our current measures of performance. Strength & Conditioning Journal, 40(1), 26-38.

Paul, D. J., Gabbett, T. J., & Nassis, G. P. (2016). Agility in team sports: Testing, training and factors affecting performance. Sports Medicine, 46(3), 421-442.

Sheppard, J. M. & Young, W. B. (2006) Agility literature review: Classifications, training and testing, Journal of Sports Sciences Vol.24, No.9, 919-932 [full text]

Sporiš, G. et al. (2010) The effect of agility training on athletic power performance. Kinesiology 42(1): 65-72 [full text]

Young, W.B., McDowell, M.H. and Scarlett, B.J. (2001) Specificity of sprint and agility training methods. J. Strength Cond. Res. 15(3): 315–319 [full text]