By Chris Prew
DHAC Athlete’s Edge Trainer
Kids LOVE the ladder. It gets their heart rate up; their mind focused, and, most of all, its fun.
Ladder drills involve dynamic movement while forcing you to maintain control of your body. This simple ladder naturally teaches athletes to control their center of mass while moving dynamically.
I don’t believe for a minute that the ladder is a magic tool that will make anyone faster or more agile, however I do believe it is a huge piece of the puzzle from the neural perspective. Being the trainer for Athletes Edge, I firmly believe that anybody who spends time on an agility ladder to improve that brain-to-muscle (or feet) connection will only benefit.
Whether you are six years old or fifty years young, when going through ladder drills, you must maintain control of your body or it gets ugly fast. If you lean too far forward, you mess up your rhythm. You not only miss a lot of squares, but you will wreck my carefully placed ladder!
I’m glad that kids love doing this- I love coaching it!
Athlete’s Edge will be running through these drills hundreds of times- But remember, you can have the most powerful engine in your car, but if you have flat tires, you’re not going anywhere.