Running, foot racing over a variety of distances and courses and numbering among the most popular sports in nearly all times and places. Modern competitive running ranges from sprints (dashes), with their emphasis on continuous high speed, requiring great endurance. (1) OFF SEASON
Runners: An off season runner is defined as a player who is physically active but who does not train for competition at the same level of intensity and focus like a competitive athlete. OFF SEASON: Phase where time off is taken from the structured plan and racing. It can vary from 4 weeks to 8 weeks or more (2) Agility training has a positive effect on movement technique and the ability to produce force in leg muscle more efficiently.
Objectives: To study the effectiveness of 4 weeks of Agility training on speed in off season runners between the age group of 18-26 years using 20m dash test.
Methods: Various grounds and tracks were visited in and around the city. The subjects were selected on the basis of their inclusion and exclusion criteria. The subjects were explained about the study before starting the procedure. Consent was taken from the subjects who wish to participate in the study. 20 m dash test will be done on the subjects and the data was recorded. The subjects had undergone Agility training for 5 days/week for 4 weeks. At the end of 4 weeks the subjects were reassessed using 20m dash test and the data was recorded again. Data analysis was done.
Results: The difference between PRE and POST were compared and analyzed using paired ‘t’ -test for all the components. P value is 0.0001, it is to be considered statistically significant this study agility training shows significant effect on speed in off season runners.
Conclusion: In this study agility training shows significant effect on speed in off season runners. The findings of this research indicate that agility training can also be used as training method for improving athletes speed and overall performance.