The August 2015 issue of Amplified Soccer Athlete magazine is now available for download.
“The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when nobody else is looking.” - Mia Hamm
Who do you think of when you think about the best soccer season ever? Lionel Messi in 2011-12 with 73 goals for Barcelona? Cristiano Ronaldo with 61 goals for Real Madrid in 2014-15? Pele with 66 goals in all competitions in 1958? Gerd Muller with 67 goals in all competitions in only 49 appearances in 1972-73? Mia Hamm? Abby Wambach? Regardless of who, they were not only top of their class from a skills stand point but they also maintained that skill level throughout the entire season. They did this by getting in extra fitness sessions, getting in appropriate rest and recovery, having a good nutritional plan and being mentally tough enough to bring their best performance every game.
We’ve put together resources to help you not only make it through the season but have your best season yet.
As you will read throughout this issue, you must be able to balance getting in extra fitness sessions, which is very important, (as covered in John De Witt’s article, “Maintaining Fitness Levels for the Entire Season”) and resting, also very important, (see “Taking Care of Your Body and Mind” by Ross LaBauex and the “How Does Sleep Loss Influence Your Performance” infographic). Ultimately, you must know your body and your fitness levels and be able to make the right decisions with your time and body. The only person that you have to blame for not taking the necessary steps to be at peak fitness levels is yourself.
Additionally, it’s equally important to be constantly working on your ball skills. Find time outside of team practice on your own or with a friend to get in the extra touches. We have provided some great ball skills resources from Beast Mode Soccer, Yael Averbuch, AthleteFIT and more! You can find additional training videos at our YouTube page at www.youtube.com/amplifiedsoccer.
If you’re going to be the best, you need to learn from the best. We’ve got insights from professional athletes and the trainers and mental game experts who work with them to get them to their peak playing ability!
What kind of choices are you making now to start the season? Are you choosing to get plenty of sleep at night? Are you choosing to eat breakfast every day? Are you choosing to work hard in the weight room? Are you choosing to run every sprint/drill as hard as possible? Are you choosing to be enthusiastic and supportive of your teammates?
These are all choices. Your answer to these questions will dictate the success of your season. You have the opportunity to have your best season ever. If you allow fear to stop you then you will never know how far you can go.
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do” ― Pelé
We hope you enjoy this issue of Amplified Soccer Athlete and have your best season ever this fall!
Full Table of Contents
Thrive Don’t Just Survive This Season
Introduction to Training for Agility by Performance Soccer Conditioning
Using Sport Psychology as a Soccer Player by Dan Abrahams
Beast Mode Soccer Drills of the Month
Q&A with Sporting Kansas City’s Dom Dwyer
Yael Averbuch Featured YFutbol Drills
30 Day Skills Challenge from SoccerFIT Academy
Alive & Kicking: The Women’s Soccer Movie We’ve Been Waiting For
How Does Sleep Loss Influence Your Performance
Q&A with Seattle Reign’s Amber Brooks
1v1 Soccer Technical Tests
Save your Legs and Build Endurance by Trainer Gorres
Maintaining Fitness Levels for the Entire Season by John De Witt
Taking Care of Your Body and Mind by Ross LaBauex
Training Q&A with Mary Biehner, Wilmington Hammerheads Athletic Trainer
Q&A with Sporting Kansas City’s Erik Palmer-Brown
What is “Soccer Intelligence” and How Can You Train It? / An Interview with Wayne Harrison
Goalkeeper Technical Workout – The Warm-up
10 Nutrition Rules to Live By
Recipes for Athletes: Tzatziki Dip
Recipes for Athletes: Grilled Chicken and Watermelon Salad
Project Effort – Urban Soccer Camp