Speed has many components in a game of rugby. It’s not just about your physical speed but also how well you can see and react to the game of play. You could be the fastest person on the field in a straight line, but when you have to look for an opening or find a good position to receive a pass you have to see the play unfold before you can move.
To move faster you have to show good body control, and have good mechanics through movement. Doing a lot of drills on agility ladders will not make you faster, you have to learn how to move better through the drill.
Both running and agility moves in sport are skills that need to be taught, it is often taken for granted that these skills are naturally learnt as we play. But often poor body mechanics are used which can affect performance and sometimes be the cause of injury. For instance If you have a tendency to always turn one way in a game this could be a sign of a weakness in body control on the opposite side of the body.
To improve movement you have to train good movement mechanics and practice until they become natural, you also have to look at the way the body functions through movement. A dynamic core or dynamic balance weakness could easily reduce your efficiency, so just doing more drills or sport technique practice may not find the underlying issues to progress your speed or skill.
Training compensations found in balance, co-ordination, rhythm, lack of explosiveness can all add up to a more efficient athlete when trained. If you would like to find out more on how you can train your athletes to move better then please contact us.