AGILITY AND CHANGE OF DIRECTION TRAINING IS AN UNDER-STUDIED TOPIC IN AMERICAN FOOTBALL. A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF RESEARCH HAS BEEN PERFORMED WITH ATHLETES COMPETING IN OTHER CONTACT SPORTS. AS SUCH, EVALUATING METHODS THAT HAVE SHOWN TO IMPROVE AGILITY IN OTHER SPORTS MAY LEAD TO NEW METHODS TO ENHANCE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE. A FRAMEWORK OF THE METHODS USED BY A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL NCAA DIVISION-1 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION TEAM IS INCLUDED AS A MODEL THAT MAY SHOW PROMISE IN ENHANCING FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE.
Departments of 1Exercise and Sport Science, and
2Athletics, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee; and
3Department of Athletics, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding
Benjamin H. Gleasonis the head strength and conditioning coach for NCAA Olympic sports at East Tennessee State University; he is also a volunteer football position coach at Science Hill High School.
James B. Krameris the director of athletic performance at North Dakota State University.
Michael H. Stoneis the laboratory and graduate program director for the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at East Tennessee State University.