Bio-Motor Athletic Academy: Cutting Edge Speed & Agility

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Cutting Edge Speed & Agility Programs

As a parent and coach of a young athlete, the following information may be the key in improving your son or daughters performance on the field. It has to do with speed training for young athletes. As you may already know, speed, agility and quickness are all crucial components in today's game. We see these components used together in various instances on the field and the athletes that master these skills are typically the ones that excel.

Each of these three components can be improved and "trained", however it's not just about the "training". First of all, as a child ages there is a critical window of time that their nervous system is most sensitive to developing motor skills. During this time, young athletes need to be exposed to as many different movements as possible. By taking advantage of this window, they can build a solid athletic foundation.

"I wanted to thank you for working with our team during the Fall 2014 season. I was impressed with your drills and exercises that helped the boys take quicker first steps. Your exercises I believe helped their coordination and helped them become better soccer players. I believe the coordination enhancement helped the boys speed up their play and their decision making. I hope to work with you in the future." - Hector Munivez, Head Coach, Chelsea Club U14 Boys

In addition, it's more about long term development rather than short weekend sport camps. Developing speed doesn't happen overnight. Like any athletic skill, it takes practice and time. The essence of creating maximal and permanent speed and agility is based on a developmental principle that involves improving all off the biomotor abilities of your son or daughter. Biomotor abilities are coordination, strength, flexibility and power. Speed and agility are the results of putting these abilities all together.

Coordination is crucial. The arms and legs need to move in a coordinated pattern. Proper arm movement combined with correct foot placement will determine efficiency and speed. According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), speed is defined as the rate of performance of an activity and the ability to achieve a high velocity of movement. However, you cannot achieve this kind of speed if you can't coordinate arm and leg movements.



Agility is defined as the change of body direction based on information processed quickly and accurately without significant loss in speed.

Essentially, agility is multidirectional change at optimal speed. Again, if coordination is lacking and the athlete does not use proper foot work when changing directions, agility will be impaired. Quickness is an athlete's ability to execute a movement skill in a comparatively brief amount of time. For most sports, quickness is correlated to reaction time and decision-making.



The Speed Secret

So what is the secret to Improving speed, agility and quickness? It really isn't that much of a secret. Every coach and trainer who knows anything about training young athletes should know this… the problem is that most trainers and coaches don't know how to train young athletes properly.

It all comes back to developing coordination, strength and power. Coordination will place the foot in the right direction at the right angle so athletes can absorb force or change directions quickly. You can also think of coordination as the ability to control your movement. Athletes that can't control their movements are the ones that get hurt and end up on the bench. Strong and coordinated athletes are fast. Any Increase in strength will dramatically increase the force output and propel the athlete creating acceleration and momentum.

The key a faster athlete is proper training that includes all biomotor abilities- coordination, flexibility, balance, strength and power.

"Robert Inglis trained our Chelsea Boys 14 team this past fall season. Robert worked with them on Speed and agility and strength training for three months once a week. Robert was very professional and dependable. He pushed the boys to improve and work to their limit every session. Our team placed 3rd out of 18 teams in the SCDSL tier three bracket for the 2014 fall season." - Jennifer Sanchez, Team Mom

Our Speed Workshops

All our workshops and training programs are developed by our strength and conditioning specialists that are also licensed physical therapists. They also have certifications in youth athletic development and have spent quite a bit of time studying running biomechanics and designing exercise programs that focus on acceleration, deceleration, explosiveness and agility.

"I highly recommend Robert's classes because his program emphasizes good technique and good understanding of mechanics of movement patterns. Every soccer player needs to be exposed to a variety of challenging combinations of movement as possible. As a result, speed and agility will dramatically improve. Quite often speed development can be hindered by a "laid back" approach that just goes through the motions. This is not that kind of program. This program emphasizes an organized progression of drills and techniques that will give young soccer players the speed skills they need to excel." - Manny Toledo, El Dorado HS soccer coach & Technical Director

We specialize in training young athletes between the ages of 9 and 13 years old. This is a critical period of time for athletic development and preparing for higher levels of competition.

We have provided training for a number of young athletes and sport teams including boys and girls JUSA Signature and Chelsea Club soccer, NJB basketball, little league baseball, and pop warner and flag football.

Workshops are typically 1-2 x week and last approximately 6 to 12 weeks.

All our speed workshops are designed for small groups no larger than 6 athletes in order to ensure adequate supervision and training proper foot work, technique, and form. Programs are progressive and become more challenging as the athlete masters each skill. Relays and game play is encouraged as this allows to build competitive environment.

Regular communication with athletes and parents is encouraged to discuss the athletes performance and improvement. This allows athletes and parents to better understand the progression of the training programs.

"Hi Robert, I am writing to say thank you for introducing the Bio Motor Academy to Placentia Yorba Linda National Junior Basketball at our annual coach's clinic. Our coaches received great information and insight to the ever changing world of youth athletics and training. The drills and concepts you introduced have been installed by many of our coaches this season. I would also like to thank you for the fantastic progress you are making with my 2 sons in their preparation for Servite Football. Their progress is outstanding and I look forward to seeing the end result in a few months. It is my belief that benefits gained by training in the Bio Motor Academy will give them a leg up on the competition!" - Anthony Iannone, President PYLNJB & President Pumas Basketball