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Speed Training Tip: Thigh Drive Drills are NOT High Knees

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Speed Training Tip: Thigh Drive Drills are NOT High Knees

Thigh drive is a focal point for Parisi Speed Coaches and part of our speed development strategy.  We believe in several points of success when leading our speed training sessions. Integrating thigh drive drills into our training classes which start at 7 years old is one strategy we use to improve mechanics and speed profiles in youth athletes.  

Training speed mechanics is no different than a basketball player practicing free throws from elementary school through college. The higher your level, the more dedicated you should become when honing all aspects of your athletic craft.  Speed is a skill that you will not get from your coaches.  It is something that must be sought out by an athlete. Do not let natural talent blind you from your athletic development. Talent is not as rare of a commodity in the athletic world as many athletes and parents think.

Important tip for improving thigh drive is that it is NOT the same as high knees.  Thigh drive drills will assist the athlete in properly folding their leg when sprinting. This is turns promotes proper leg recovery. Every thigh drive drill should include attention to the following:

  1. proper dorsiflexion
  2. a neutral pelvis
  3. core bracing
  4. clean & technical arm action


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