Use the medicine ball side lunge to strengthen your hips which will improve your speed and power during lateral movements.
This medicine ball exercise and the frontal plane (lateral movement) of motion is often neglected by athletes during training.
The side lunge forces you to decelerate movement through one hip at a time, placing greater emphasis on the gluteals and hamstrings.
It trains you to move correctly in the lateral direction. Many knee ACL injuries occur when athletes place too much stress on their knees and not enough stress on their hips during deceleration. In other words, the hips are often under-used during sports activities.
You will improve your lateral speed and power only if you have adequate strength in the frontal plane of motion.
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