ABSTRACT: DESPITE BEING RECOGNIZED AS AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF SPORTS PERFORMANCE, AGILITY DEVELOPMENT IN YOUTHS IS LARGELY UNDER-RESEARCHED. THIS ARTICLE REVIEWS THE EVIDENCE EXAMINING THE EFFECTS OF GROWTH, MATURATION AND TRAINING ON BOTH CHANGE OF DIRECTION SPEED AND COGNITIVE PROCESSING IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS, AND HOW COMBINED, THESE FACTORS MAY INFLUENCE AGILITY. TRAINING GUIDELINES ARE PROVIDED TO HELP STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES PRESCRIBE AGILITY TRAINING FOR YOUTHS AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF MATURATION, IN A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE MANNER.
1Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, United Kingdom
2Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
3School of Exercise and Health Sciences, Centre for Exercise and Sport Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
4Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, United Kingdom
Rhodri S. Lloyd is a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology and Health at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Paul Read is a strength and conditioning coach and lecturer in strength and conditioning at the University of Gloucestershire.
Jon L. Oliver is a senior lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Robert W. Meyers is a senior lecturer and program director for the BSc Sports Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Sophia Nimphius is a lecturer in the MS of Strength and Conditioning at Edith Cowan University and is a coordinator for the West Australian Curriculum Council for Examination of High School Physical Education Studies.
Ian Jeffreys is a senior lecturer in strength and conditioning and lead strength and conditioning coach at the University of Glamorgan.