Reaction training

Approach: Reaction drills

A squash player would train to reduce the time it took to react to a fast cross-court ‘boast’. Having an assistant play the ball to the wall for the player to return accurately would be stage one. As soon as they had played the ball, a second assistant would send a second ball into play. This forces quick reactions and means the performer has to move quickly to play both balls.

Applying the principles of SPORT to reaction time training

ApproachSpecificityProgressionOverloadReversibilityTedium
Reaction time drillsBuild a circuit of drills where the types of quick reactions required in the performance are developedIncrease the demand of training to force reaction time to keep improvingIncrease the number of things the performer is required to react to, reduce the time available for the reactionBe aware that if training stops for any reason, the training ‘load’ must be reduced when training is restarted.Change place/time of training, team up with someone else to train with

Question

How might adding a second feeder improve reaction times?

Having two people feeding the shuttle or ball adds more pressure than experienced in a real live performance. This means when faced with the real demands of a performance they should be able to cope with this reduced pressure.