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LTAD - a critique
Demands of the game
Profile of players
Functional screening
Resistance training
Speed and agility training
Integrated game conditioning

Speed development - introduction and deceleration training

Deceleration is a trainable skill

As noted earlier, a player's ability to decelerate is a trainable skill. Thus, deceleration practice is important at all stages of development.

Key deceleration factors

Key deceleration factors are described in Figure 4 below.

Figure 4. Key deceleration factors (from Kovacs et al 2008).

The key factors in deceleration include dynamic balance within the action or movement, efficient force absorption and energy storage through the eccentric strength of the limbs involved, reactive strength which effectively coordinates the transition from eccentric to concentric actions and general power about the limbs and joints.