Alternatives to common approaches for training change of direction performance: a scoping review

Review written by Dr Carlo Wood info

Key Points

  1. Alternative training methods resulted in greater improvements (compared with strength and/or power) in change of direction performance, with smaller training durations.
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There is a strong focus on optimal methods for improving change of direction performance. Studies demonstrate a beneficial effect of resistance training, however, there are factors other than strength and/or power that affect change of direction ability. Training perception, decision-making and technique have shown benefits that exceed those reported in many studies involving strength or power focused interventions.

The main aim of this scoping review was to explore the literature for factors aside from strength and power that influence pre-planned change of direction and reactive agility performance.

For change of direction performance, many studies have reported benefits from training perception, decision-making and technique over strength or power focused interventions.
Clinicians need to evaluate if the trade-off of 1.7% increased speed is worth making a cut with technique that could potentially lead to a knee injury.


  • The systematic search utilized Scopus, PubMed, Web of Science and SPORT-Discus databases with no date limit.
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