Agility literature review: Classifications, training and testing

  title={Agility literature review: Classifications, training and testing},
  author={Jeremy M. Sheppard and Warren Young},
  journal={Journal of Sports Sciences},
  pages={919 - 932}
Abstract At present, no agreement on a precise definition of agility within the sports science community exists. The term is applied to a broad range of sport contexts, but with such great inconsistency, it further complicates our understanding of what trainable components may enhance agility. A new definition of agility is proposed: “a rapid whole-body movement with change of velocity or direction in response to a stimulus”. Agility has relationships with trainable physical qualities such as… Expand

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  • T. Gabbett
  • Medicine
  • British journal of sports medicine
  • 2002
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