Moving in multiple directions is an important athletic skill.
Multidirectional speed relies on a number of biomotor characteristics. Proper development of these characteristics can lead to a higher level of agility
The ability to move in multiple directions can improve an athlete’s overall ability
Multidirectional training leads to muscular and neural fatigue in a short period of time. It is for this reason that training utilizes proper rest periods, emphasizes high-quality movement and there should be a logical order of the exercises performed.
The athlete should have a wide base of support (feet are square and shoulder-width apart).
The athlete should have a low COG (center of gravity). Including their hips and trunk.
When planting or cutting, the athlete should have a 45 degree angle with the outside (plant) leg and weight over the inside leg.
The athlete should drive off the inside (weight bearing) leg with the outside of his/her feet and drive off the outside (plant) leg with the inside of the foot.
When running forwards and backwards, the athlete should use the deceleration technique. The ground contact time is longer in this position, but more effective when changing directions.
The landing position and stopping positions are as follows:
1. Wide base.
2. Low center of gravity.
3. Chest and weight over inside leg.
4. Strong back.