Though the terms ‘agility’ and ‘change of direction speed’ are often used interchangeably, recent knowledge has distinctively separated the two.
Put simply, agility involves reactive abilities in unpredictable environments, while change of direction speed focuses purely on physical ability and is typically performed in pre-planned environments.
This infers that traditional agility tests (e.g. t-test and pro-agility) are not actually capable of measuring agility, so they really should be referred to as change of direction speed tests.
Recent research has shown that higher-levels athletes perform better on agility tests than lower-level athletes, but the same does not apply to change of direction speed tests.
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