Typically done by Track and Field athletes, Power Speed drills are low intensive plyometric exercises that I use in the programming of all athletes. Unfortunately, most athletes and coaches just blow through these drills and pay no attention to form or WHY they are being placed in the program. When used properly, these drills are highly effective in the development of power/speed athletes.
These exercises can be used to:
1.) Reinforce proper sprint mechanics
2.) Serve as a warm-up before speed training
3.) Tempo or Aerobic development
These are just some of the variations that we use here. There are plenty others and different ways to coach them as well. Make sure that you cue proper sprint form and teach the athletes to get on and off the ground quickly! These exercises can also be used in the early stages of rehabilitation from a lower extremity injury.