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Two Components of Training: Skill and Performance

By Michael Cummings Published on Monday, January 5, 2015

Warm-up. Train. Recover.  These are the three requirements of a successful training session that will help you prepare your body to perform and reduce the likelihood of injury so you are ready for your sport.

If you missed the importance of a well-designed warm-up—take a quick read before getting into this blog on training.

 We look at training in 2 parts: skill training and performance training.

Skill training focuses on developing skills that are specific to your sport, be it basketball, football, soccer, baseball, golf. This includes things like throwing and shooting accuracy in baseball and basketball, head positioning and keeping your eye on the ball in golf, trapping and passing technique in soccer.

Lateral ResistorAthletic performance focuses on developing the athlete’s motor abilities specific to their sport, emphasizing 3 key metrics that underpin all sports: speed and agility, strength and power, and fitness and conditioning.

In other words, to be a complete athlete, you have to have a training strategy comprised of skill and performance. For example, a football player would focus on speed, agility and footwork as part of their performance training, and would also run routes, catch passes, and work on plays as part of their skill training.

Recommended for the performance phase of your training session

The Quick Ladder is one of the most versatile tools for developing speed, agility and footwork no matter what sport you play. Modify and adapt Quick Ladder drills to support your needs whether you’re a lineman, a pitcher or a forward.

Add these 7 Quick Ladder drills to your training session.


Michael Cummings Michael, SKLZ's Performance Category Manager, is at the forefront of fitness science and innovation in training. He has worked with athletes ranging from elite and professional to those in need of extensive rehabilitation. In 2012, he was an Olympic Strength Coach and in 2010 was named Fitness magazine's Trainer of the Year. He's also a contributing author for the International Sports Science Association. View all posts by

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