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.
|Reaction time drills||Build a circuit of drills where the types of quick reactions required in the performance are developed||Increase the demand of training to force reaction time to keep improving||Increase the number of things the performer is required to react to, reduce the time available for the reaction||Be 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|
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.