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When people think of speed, most think of how fast you are if you ran a race, or were timed in the 40 yard dash upon request. However, I’ve got some news for you. Speed comes in different qualities.
Certainly, there is the speed that reflects how fast you are if we timed you in the 40 right now. However, that speed is virtually irrelevant.
Game speed is the speed at which an athlete performs when he or she is performing on a playing field, whether it be soccer, football, lacrosse, whatever. That speed is much more important. Scholarships are based on game speed.
There is another level of speed that I call fourth quarter speed. In football, the fourth quarter is when folks are trying to win, because the game is coming to a close. Similarly, this is the speed that athletes use when they are trying to make a play to win. Some call it game breaking speed. Regardless of what you call it, this is the speed that is most important. This is the speed where reputations are developed, where legends are made…when coaches realize that you’re a special player. This is the only real speed that matters.
You can imagine that this speed is hardest to develop for several reasons. First, you must have some speed (the first level of speed we spoke of). Athletes can develop speed beyond what they were born with by using speed and quickness equipment, i.e. speed parachutes, etc. Second, you need to have very good game speed (the second speed that we spoke of). Game speed requires a good strength/speed training program three times per week, to ensure that that fast twitch muscles are performing at high levels. Third, you must have a program that puts you in the required level of fitness, so that you still have stamina when others do not. You can get this stamina two ways, either by performing cardio vascular activities such as running, biking, or swimming or you can actually structure your workouts such that they are essentially aerobic AND developing strength. Our partners at the SpeedandQuickness You tube channel are experts on the subject.