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Cognitive Training for Agility

The Integration Between Perception and Action

Spiteri, Tania PhD1; McIntyre, Fleur PhD1; Specos, Christina MSc2; Myszka, Shawn MS3

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2018 - Volume 40 - Issue 1 - p 39–46
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000310
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ABSTRACT AGILITY IS A KEY FEATURE WITHIN MANY STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAMS, WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF ATHLETE'S PHYSICAL AND TECHNICAL QUALITIES BEING THE PRIMARY FOCUS TO INCREASE PERFORMANCE. HOWEVER, THIS APPROACH IS SOMEWHAT LIMITED AS TRUE RETENTION AND TRANSFER OF PERFORMANCE FROM TRAINING TO SPORT CANNOT BE ACHIEVED UNLESS COACHES DEVELOP AN ATHLETE'S ABILITY TO IDENTIFY RELEVANT STIMULI AND LEARN TO ADAPT MOVEMENT IN RESPONSE TO VARYING CONSTRAINTS. THE PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE ARE TO DISCUSS THE CONSTRAINTS ACTING ON THE ATHLETE AND PROVIDE EXAMPLES OF HOW THESE CAN BE MANIPULATED TO ENHANCE INFORMATION-MOVEMENT COUPLING DURING TRAINING TO IMPROVE THE OVERALL AGILITY PERFORMANCE.

1School of Health Science, The University of Notre Dame Fremantle, Fremantle, Australia;

2Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana; and

3Movement Mastery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Address correspondence to Dr. Tania Spiteri, tania.spiteri@nd.edu.au.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Tania Spiteriis a Lecturer in the School of Health Science (Exercise and Sport Science) at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle.

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Fleur McIntyreis an Associate Professor and Course Coordinator of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle.

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Christina Specosis the Associate Director of Sports Performance at Purdue University.

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Shawn Myszkais the Pro Performance Director and Content Developer for Movement Mastery.

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