Football linebackers have to play man, ball, or zone at various times. A linebacker’s speed is critical for playing the position successfully. Linebackers need fast twitch muscle fibers to increase speed so that the muscles contract quicker. Players in this position who increase speed also increase lateral movements, getting around the field faster, and preventing the offense from gaining yards or scoring touchdowns. Football linebackers have to condition the muscles to react and contract to develop muscle memory. Players with muscle memory will develop muscle reactions that come naturally and automatically.
The Myosource Kinetic Bands training will build a linebacker’s strength, endurance, flexibility, mobility, and agility. Linebackers use the resistance bands to develop the fast twitch muscles needed to get more tackles by shutting down a running back, motivating a defense, and defending tight ends successfully.
The middle linebacker is considered the defensive quarterback because he provides the plays for the defense to perform. Middle linebackers are assigned the job of stopping running backs from coming through the middle and must also cover any football receivers in the area. It essential for the player to have a strong lower body, core, and upper body.
A great drill for this position is to set up several cones in a straight line and have the player put on the Myosource Kinetic Bands. First they will do side to side runs around the cones, followed by side shuffles. This drill is used to build speed and lateral footwork, while maintaining balance and stability.
The outside linebackers must be able to handle the offensive tight end. When an outside linebacker is going after the quarterback he must keep his head up as he approaches. Keeping the head up while coming in hard and low will help the outside linebacker strip the ball or wrap up to tackle successfully. Leverage also plays a key role in the players ability to make a successful play. Outside linebackers must get up underneath tackles to obtain the greatest possible leverage.