Action photography requires specific skills to produce successful images. Panning, predictive focusing, and selective metering are all important skills that are not as hard to master due to new technology and advances in digital cameras today. Also knowing your subject matter is very important when one is shooting action photography. It helps in predicting when a good shot will happen and you will be prepared to capture it.
Below is a great collection of examples that show mastery in the art of action photography. Enjoy.