August Issue Preview - Have Your Best Season Ever

August Issue Preview - Have Your Best Season Ever

As you will read throughout the upcoming August 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, (“Taking Care of Your Body and Mind” by Ross LaBauex and the “How Does Sleep Loss Influence Your Performance”). 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.

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Crystal Dunn: It’s not about getting knocked down, it’s about how you stand back up

Crystal Dunn: It’s not about getting knocked down, it’s about how you stand back up

At some point, everyone loses a big game, has a serious injury, gets cut from a squad or does not make the starting team. That’s okay! What isn’t okay, is not taking the risk to continue to pursue the dream. It’s not about getting knocked down, it’s about how you stand back up!

The story of Crystal Dunn is an interesting one. It’s not interesting in the way that so many other athletes’ stories are; a story of conquering their lifelong dream of making it to the pros or stories of overcoming all odds to achieve an unthinkable athletic feat. Dunn’s story is interesting because it’s just the opposite, success and glory would come early and often for Dunn with little disappointment or adversity.

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Movement over Muscles

Movement over Muscles

Traditional strength training programs aim to build muscles like biceps and triceps.  This approach will give you results and acheive the goals of stronger muscle, but it doesn't guarantee good movement on the field or court.  Functional training focuses on building movements such as pushing and pulling.  By developing stability, strength, and power in these movements, we can acheive results that will translate to sports while still developing the muscles like biceps and triceps.

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Individual Summer Training Drills - Part 1

Individual Summer Training Drills - Part 1

Summer time for some soccer players is a rest time, for others it’s a time to get better.  For college soccer players summertime can make the difference between starting in the fall or sitting the bench.  The problem that players have during the summer is numbers; most players do workouts on their own and might struggle to know what to do.  The following exercises will help solve this problem, simple technical work with a ball if done correctly and with the correct amount of effort can make a big impact in the fall.  For the exercises to follow all you will need is a ball and four markers.

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The “Gauntlet” KU Women's Soccer Fitness Test

The “Gauntlet” KU Women's Soccer Fitness Test

KU’s success in 2014 can be attributed to numerous things, but one major change that occurred was the required and grueling preseason fitness tests. For more than ten years the team would have to run two fitness tests, the Beep Test and a shuttle test. The players would only have to pass at least one test to play and receive gear, but if they passed both tests, they did not have to participate in extra running during preseason.

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Low Low High Buddies

First touch is critical here out of the air, treat the ball like an egg, nice and gentle! Don't forget that its International Women's Day, so call your Mum, sisters and friends to let them know you appreciate all they do for you! TAG your teammates to see if they will attempt low low high buddies with you at practice this week!

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