Dear Coach Ed, |
My son is 9 years old and wants to play running back on his school football
team. The trouble? He's a big kid (not fat, just big for his age) and
exceptionally quick. I'm looking for some exercises and drills that I can
with him in the off-season to increase both his endurance and his speed.
input would be much appreciated.
Jerome Ruwe, Ohio
This speed question is one I am asked frequently by soccer and football
players and coaches. To improve quickness, try this drill. Start off running
in place easy for 10 seconds, then run in place with a high leg lift, adding
in arm movement for 5 seconds, then running double time for 5 seconds. Now
go back to the easy running in place for 10 seconds. Rest for about 15
seconds and start all over again. Repeat 5 to 10 times 3 days a week. The
drill will help not only with speed but will improve his overall athletic
conditioning. For endurance specifically, an easy run of one mile 3 times a
week will work wonders.
Ed Poirier, "Coach Ed", recently was invited by the United States Olympic
committee to attend a workshop and training seminar at the Olympic training
center in California.