It’s that time of the year again. Football pre-season is upon us, so what can we do to complement our training to optimise power and speed on the field? Undoubtedly your pre-season training will consist primarily of aerobic training and ball work, however, power development is often overlooked at the local level.
Building power in the athlete is beneficial on many levels. Increasing power will allow you to jump higher, kick further, break tackles and burst through packs.
Power is defined as strength multiplied by speed. Heavy compound exercises followed by explosive movements have been demonstrated to improve power and performance in athletes of various sports.
Exercises need to be transferable to the game and requirements of AFL. Developing power within relevant movement patterns is essential for game day performance.
At this stage of training, it is desirable to build a solid strength base for future training. The focus will be on strength and speed in order to develop power.