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Credit goes to www.higher-faster-sports.comAlthough having an impressive 40-yard dash is probably the easiest way to get noticed by coaches and scouts, football requires more then just straight ahead (linear) speed. In fact, the over-value of straight ahead linear speed such as in the 40-yard dash has probably done quite a bit to prevent many from reaching their full potential as players. Improving the 40-yard dash will be covered in future installments but this article is about increasing speed specific to football. In a game of football, rarely does a player get a chance to run straight ahead for any length of time. Even when doing so, this is almost always followed by a need to stop and change direction. The speed quality that is really important for football is agility. You need the ability to change direction quickly and start and stop on a dime. You need the ability to react instantaneously to the opposition. You need lateral acceleration and the ability to run both forwards, backwards and sideways and always be ready to change direction and explode. The better you can do this, the better you will perform on the gridiron.

Submitted by DMorgan on Tue, 03/14/2006 - 10:24am.

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