Here’s a video of Arsenal FC training agility using a ladder. I’ve spoken about my thoughts on ladder use for soccer athletes previously here and here. I will occasionally use a ladder in our warmups but rarely if ever when actually trying to develop speed or agility. That’s not to say that there isn’t carryover but I personally feel there are better means of developing those qualities. The ladder has a time and a place and it’s interesting to see how other clubs use them in training. The incorporation of the ball as well as non-regular patterns puts these ladder drills above most variations. I’m curious to hear others thoughts so post to the comments section.
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Mike is the owner and Director of Performance at Athletic Lab sports performance training center. He has also served as the fitness coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Carolina Railhawks. He has a PhD in Biomechanics, an MS in Coaching Science, and a BSS in Exercise Physiology and has coached Olympic and professional athletes in Skeleton, Track & Field, MLS and NASL Soccer, PGA Golf, NFL Football, MLB Baseball and Olympic Weightlifting. He has lectured around the world and authored 2 books and dozens of research and coaching articles.