Is lateral movement needed in sprinting?

cause theres this drill with a jumprope where you jump from side to side while using the rope normally and someone said it improves lateral speed and quickness substantially which is good for football but is there any application in track?

I don’t think it would help you out too much in track, but there are a lot of better exercises you could do instead. Maybe it could help getting out of the blocks faster. But do you really move laterally is sprinting?

I was just wondering

no, lateral movement is something you do not want, it wastes energy by pushing diagonally rather than just forward…

I like lateral drills in my pre-sprint warmup because those muscles are never sore and tight. It also really seems to help loosen up my hips. Get the blood going to where it should be.