Speed refers to the quickness of movement of a limb. In Performance Science terms, this can refer to the pace the legs of a footballer, or the arms of a hurler, move at. Undoubtedly an integral part of very many sports, Speed can be expressed as any one of, or a combination of Maximum Speed, Elastic Strength (i.e. Power) and Speed Endurance. Contrary to popular opinion, one's Speed can certainly be improved upon.
In the vast majority of cases, developing one's Mobility, Special Strength, Strength Endurance and Technique will lead to tangible speed increases. Training athletes to use proven Acceleration techniques can also equip them with the skills necessary to defeat a naturally faster athlete.
Having completed extensive research into the matter, Gold Standard's Performance Scientists devise customised Speed Development Programmes, and conduct Speed Development Sessions, on both a group and individual basis. Agility is the ability to rapidly change direction without the loss of speed, balance or body control. To help individuals and teams improve upon this important sporting attribute, Gold Standard have devised detailed training programmes that get to grips with key Agility aspects such as Balance, Coordination, Programmed Agility and Random Agility.
In sporting terms, Quickness refers to Explosiveness and Reaction-Time. Sportspecific Over-Speed Training programmes and Plyometrics are but two of the methods Gold Standard typically employ with their clients to record improvements in this field.