What’s so impressive about this athlete is his ability to absorb and re-direct force at a challenging angle, at a high speed, without any hesitation. Many athletes do not have this ability due to many limiting factors especially in the foot and ankle. (Ex. Lack of mobility and flexibility, altered reciprocal inhibition, synergistic dominance, and ultimately, decreased neuromuscular efficiency). As you see here in this video the athlete plants his right foot first and pushes off the inside edge of that foot. He then plants his left foot next and pushes off the outside edge of it. This athlete makes this look easy, but it’s actually pretty difficult especially at a high speed with big guys running straight at you. Many athletes try to do this movement but once they get up to top end speed it becomes more challenging and they lose power/explosiveness, and control on the transition. This displays great body control, ankle mobility/stability and explosiveness.
One of the ways we help our athletes with absorbing and re-directing force is in our support system prep with the Back Dorsi Flex Walk. We use this drill to build up the athletes threshold needed before performing any type of speed training or change of direction movements. We challenge our athletes by progressing this movement based off their adaptation over time in their foot/ankle, mobility, stability, and strength.
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