Do agility drills involving cones, hurdles and ladders really help to improve game performance on the field?
Although these tools are often used by many field sport coaches as a way to increase athleticism the carry over to sport isn’t always evident. The reason being that agility drills involving the aforementioned training tools are often used in a predictive manner.
As a young athlete’s motor skills improve with age and experience predictive and/or blocked agility drills become increasingly ineffective as it relates to actual team based sport performance.
With that said, modifying the training approach by incorporating random or reactive agility drills can have a positive transference over to field or court sports. This is done primarily through the use of external neurological stimuli using audio, visual or tactile cues.