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Improving Reaction Time

Might be off-topic, but I think it’s the best place where to ask this specific question.

Do any of you guys have suggestion about specific kind of exercises, of whatever origin, which are aimed at improving reaction time to stimuli? I mean in a sports-related context .)

It’d help to know which sport specifically you’re interested in.

Get a partner to throw things at you med balls etc to catch. Youll getbioth the reation time and a work out cathing them and tossing them back.

Play the sport it self.

What sport are we talking kind of makes a diffence but in general getting things rocketed at you and avoiding them or cathcing them will help a lot. If its something like football and reacting to blocking or the snap etc. wrestling or various types, Practice blocking, sumo type work, pratice sprinting to a gun etc.

Phill

Just practice your sport, know what you’re doing, and use the contrast method when applicable. With the contrast method you practice at speeds much greater than those that occur in your sport. If you were a baseball player you’d take batting practice with a special machine that throws pitches much faster than you’d ever have a real pitch thrown at you. If you get creative you can probably think of ways to implement that sort’ve thing.

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[quote]dl- wrote:
WOOOO KELLY BAGGET JUST POSTED!LNEQJWNEJAN BADASS[/quote]

dude, he has more than 300 posts. Although I’m sure every one of them offers helpful insight too!

And overspeed training is the way to go for sure. I’ve read a whole book about it for hockey. In a nutshell you’re just expanding your comfort zone so that playing in a game is basically easy!

And there’s a bit of a difference in how you’re going to react to a “reaction time test” and game stimili.

Lowering your reaction time may be beneficial though, once you’ve implemented using sports visulaization into your program (I read somewhere that mentioned that a study said visualization lowered reaction time to game affected stimulus by something like 14 milliseconds).

loseing fat would help reaction time is speed and you cant be fast with alot of fat

genetic freak football players aside

[quote]n3wb wrote:
loseing fat would help reaction time is speed and you cant be fast with alot of fat

genetic freak football players aside[/quote]

Have you ever seen the foot and hand speed of a sume wrestler??

[quote]n3wb wrote:
loseing fat would help reaction time is speed and you cant be fast with alot of fat

genetic freak football players aside[/quote]

Reaction Time and speed and two different things. You can improve your ability to react to a stimulus several ways. One, and best, practice the sport a lot. Much of reaction is familiarity.

The more you recognize a situation, the better you’ll react. Second, play some sports where reaction time is the main thing. Such as ping-pong, handball/raquetball, etc. And of course there are sport specific drills, such as slap hands, punching a double ended bag, etc, if we knew ur sport.

Thanks for the advice so far, guys.

I know that practicing is likely to be the most effective way of improving my reaction time. My question is: is it the most efficient, too? That’s where my doubt lies.

In any case, the sports for whom I want to practice are soccer and basketball. I play soccer just with a small team of friends in a low-level tournament, but improving the performance is still of my interest.

I play basketball with the team of my university. We already practice with medicine-ball throws. I never had trouble in my reception reaction speed; where I want to improve is in the defense-steal department.

I was thinking that plyometrics is possibly another effective and efficient way to go, what do you think?

Hockechamp, what’s overspeed training?

[quote]Imen de Naars wrote:

Hockechamp, what’s overspeed training?
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Its just like they expalined above working with things moving faster than they ever will in a game situation. Like baseball a pitch at supermaximal speed, soccer if you were a goalie ssomething firing the ball faster then it ever would be kicked etc.

Phill

insert funny remark regarding porn stars and bukkake training

The Notre Dame football team did some crazy stuff that was not related to the sport at all when Tyrone Willingham was coach and he completely turned the program around. If im not mistaken julius jones credits alot of his nfl success to those drills. I wouldnt be much help trying to describe them to you but im sure you could search google or somthing using keywords to find somthing related to it all.

[quote]Phill wrote:
Imen de Naars wrote:

Hockechamp, what’s overspeed training?

Its just like they expalined above working with things moving faster than they ever will in a game situation. Like baseball a pitch at supermaximal speed, soccer if you were a goalie ssomething firing the ball faster then it ever would be kicked etc.

Phill
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I’ll expand on that a little bit. I don’t think overspeed training (for SPEED) is good for sprinters, and I don’t think Coach Baggett does either.

However, you have to differentiate between that and performing athletically faster than your comfort zone.

The soviets would train thier hockey players in practice going at super fast speeds and short intervals. They developed thier skills and reactions to be adjusted to faster than they needed to be in the games. So in games they were able to go at a comfortable speed, and still perform better than anyone else. That’s why the soviets seemed so unbeatable.