Include High Speed Running in Your Supplemental Training

Include High Speed Running in Your Supplemental Training

During matches, players cover high distances at multiple speeds. High speed running is a part of the game, but it is frequently not occurring during training. Players may need to augment their training with some high speed running to maintain match fitness.

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From the Magazine - Get Fit by Going Fast

From the Magazine - Get Fit by Going Fast

Soccer is a series of high intensity runs, like sprinting, that are separated by some lower intensity activities, like jogging, walking, or standing. The best players are the ones that can continue to perform high intensity activities later in the game. There have been numerous studies that investigate the speed and distance covered by soccer players. In a study I worked on, we found that English professional players cover on average over 11 km per match, with up to 1200 m (3/4 mile) covered while sprinting. Others found that teams that tend to win also tend to cover more sprinting distance in the last 15 minutes of the game than those who lost.

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