Top 5 mistakes made by players when developing Speed

08 October 2018 Ben Cartwright No Tags

From working with thousands of players from International to amateur level we have seen many patterns that occur when players prepare/train for the game.


This blog gives you the information to adapt your training to ensure the work you do away from the pitch transfers to your performance on it.


Here are the top 5 mistakes we see players making when developing speed.


1. Intensity too low, Volume too high, Recovery too short

True speed training has to be of a HIGH intensity. The SAID principle (Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands) means that if we train slow we become slow, if we train fast we become fast. To allow ourselves to carry out high speed sprinting we MUST allow our body adequate recovery. We often see players completing ‘speed’ sessions, which include far too many repetitions and essentially turn into a conditioning session including quick movements. If you’re sweating and panting when doing a speed session you’re probably not training true speed qualities.


2. Too much focus on fast feet and not enough on developing force


Yes they look great on social media! Running through sand or ladders with lightening quick steps may get plenty of Instagram likes but this is not going to benefit your speed on the pitch.

If this was a sport in itself it would be pretty impressive but its not. To improve speed it isn’t the speed of your steps you should be focusing on, it is the force you produce in each step. One of many reasons why we are an advocate of using resisted sprints with players.



Improving the force you can produce into the ground will increase your running speed. This has to then be applied in game specific situations to allow your speed to be effective on the pitch.


We all know a player who is rapid in sprinting drills but never looks that quick on the pitch! & Vise versa!


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