We are excited to be able to add another component of our technical plan to the player development program: Speed, Agility & Quickness development camps, lead by Registered Practicing Kinesiologist and Recognized NCCP speed power coach, Michaela Colluney.
Michaela draws from her extensive background as a Kinesiologist Coach and former team Canada Track and Field athlete to develop training programs for developing athletes. Michaela’s programs significantly contribute to the development of a child’s ability to acquire fundamental movement skills. They are designed to give children a strong background in sport skills that will serve them well not only in sports but all physical activities including daily play. The learning of fundamental movement patterns and practice of these movements provides the building block for physical literacy.
“Physical literacy is the development of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills that permit a child to move confidently and with control, in a wide range of physical activity, rhythmic and sport situations. Physical literacy also includes the ability to read what is going on around them in an activity setting and react appropriately to those events.”
The goal of the SDU Speed and Agility development camps is to learn how to efficiently and effectively execute the skills of speed, movement and quickness allowing for successful athletic performance. We use the combination of balance, coordination, speed, reflexes, strength and endurance to work towards the overall goal of improving athletic ability and performance.
The sessions will run Friday evenings at Winskill Turf, and are limited in size (12 participants per training group) due to the specialized nature of the training.
Over the course of the season, there will be 3 separate sessions, so if you miss out on one, you can take part in another.
About Physical Literacy Training:
The goal of an agility mobility based training program is to learn how to efficiently and effectively execute the skills of speed, movement and quickness allowing for successful athletic performance.
Agility is defined as “the ability to decelerate, stabilize, accelerate and change direction quickly while maintaining proper posture and moving in the intended direction”. We use the combination of balance, coordination, speed, reflexes, strength and endurance to work towards the overall goal of improving athletic ability and performance.
In soccer (or any land based team sport) the ability to separate from one’s opponent by rapidly
decelerating or accelerating or changing direction can lead to profound success on the playing field. Having good ball/ foot control, dribbling with the head up or kicking the ball with accuracy on the run is directly related to a player’s ability to control and utilize this skill set.
The key components of agility training are; body control, awareness and balance, recognition and reaction, acceleration, footwork, change of direction, decelerating and stopping.
All of these components are trainable and a progressive training program can improve an athletes ability and prevent injuries by enhancing neuromuscular control and by improving structural integrity of connective tissue.
Mobility goes hand in hand with improving agility. Without proper or adequate mobility one cannot have proper range of motion which will compromise force output and speed of movement. Movement can also be compromised if muscle tissue is not properly responding due to injury, adhesions or imbalances; therefore, proper form and function will allow optimal gains from agility training.
As with any developmental/ progressive program you need to build from the foundation up, meaning if you don’t have the basic skills in place you will not be as effective with the final result giving meaning to the phrase “You can not shoot a cannon from a canoe”.
Michaela Colluney is a Registered Practising Kinesiologist and recognized NCCP speed power coach.
Michaela’s athletic background is extensive, representing Canada for 16 years in Track and Field. She started her track career at 12 years of age competing in Long Jump, Triple Jump, 80 and 200 metre Hurdles.
She was chosen to represent Canada at the age of 15 and competed at the Pan American games in Jamaica. Since then Michaela travelled internationally including every province and state in North America representing Simon Fraser University and Canada,
competing in 100 and 400 metre Hurdles.
Throughout her career Michaela has worked with renowned coaches, competed with a world class field of athletes and has achieved many records rewards and accolades. The experience that she acquired competing on the world stage combined with her education has given her a unique perspective into training. She understands from a
coaching, therapist and athlete perspective the fundamentals behind safe effective training programs for individuals of all abilities.
Currently Michaela busy working with lower mainland track clubs and individual athletes designing speed power and agility programs.