Now if you think you have never attempted plyometrics you are probably wrong. It can be a simple as a game of hopscotch.
Plyometric training is a high intensity method of training to develop speed and strength. It utilises the elasticity of the muscles and trains them to contract with more speed or force, using the principle of progressive overload to make neuromuscular alternations. Recent research has indicated players can gain significant improvement in vertical jump, horizontal jump, yo-yo intermittent, T-test and maximal kicking velocity test over a period of 6 weeks, indeed Aston Villas Gabby Agbonlahor has been put on a plyometric program to quickly improve his recent fitness battles.
You might assume plyometrics don’t have a place in amateur football, however they were designed to maximise time spent training and so perfect for those with little time or little love for longer, mundane fitness drills.
Phil Davies has an excellent plyometric programme which I will be road testing over pre-season. I will let you know the results of this later in the year.