Agility is the ability to change the direction of the body in an efficient and effective manner and to achieve this you require a combination of:
- Balance: The ability to maintain equilibrium when stationary or moving (i.e. not to fall over) through the coordinated actions of our sensory functions (eyes, ears and the proprioceptive organs in our joints). Static Balance is the ability to retain the centre of mass above the base of support in a stationary position. Dynamic Balance is the ability to maintain balance with body movement.
- Speed: The ability to move all or part of the body quickly.
- Strength: The ability of a muscle or muscle group to overcome a resistance.
- Co-ordination: The ability to control the movement of the body in co-operation with the body's sensory functions e.g. catching a ball (ball, hand and eye co-ordination).
We can improve our agility by improving the component parts of agility (listed above) and practicing them in training.