Agility and Fitness

What is Agility?

Sports Definition: the ability to quickly change body position or direction of the body.

Agility is also influenced by body balance, coordination, the position of the center of gravity, as well as running speed and skill. Agility can be improved with agility training drills but also by improving the specific individual fitness elements of speed, balance, power and co-ordination.

Who Needs Agility?

Agility is one of the main fitness components, important for success in many sports, such as in the team sports of football and hockey, and in individual sports of tennis and squash. A vote of the top sports requiring agility has the sports of soccer, basketball and tennis ranked highest. See also another list ranking sports in which agility is important.

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