Dominating Change of Direction

Dominating Change of Direction If there's a skill that'll help you dominate your game, there's a training routine for developing that skill. Take change of direction, an important ability to possess for faking out your opponent in so many team sports. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research outlines a potential training program.

Scientists recruited 42 male students all in their early 20s, and all right leg dominant. They were tested on countermovement jumps and also depth jumps, two basic plyometric type exercises. While both exercises promoted effective 180 degree change of direction ability, opposite leg countermovement jumps were most closely associated with performance.

True Strength Moment: These findings suggest that right-hand change of direction is most closely associated with left leg strength. Because all of these subjects were right-handed, it makes a lot of sense for them to emphasize left-leg countermovement jump training. They might also want to work some depth jumps into their pre-season training just to round out their performance.
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