Want To Seriously Boost Your Motivation? Boost Your Dopamine Levels

Want To Seriously Boost Your Motivation? Boost Your Dopamine Levels

Research at Vanderbilt has indicated that people with high levels of dopamine are more willing to work toward goals. If you boost your overall dopamine levels, you’ll be more motivated to work hard.  If you can tie specific actions to dopamine release, you’ll want to do those actions again and again. All this brings us to the question: how can you release more dopamine in your brain?

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Performance Improvement Tip: Reduce Your Stress

Performance Improvement Tip: Reduce Your Stress

Stress can also be placed upon young players by coaches, parents and even themselves in order to achieve outcome goals such as results. This can negatively impact any performance improvements gained through training, increase the risk of injury and even lead to serious health issues.It is very important that young players are able to identify stress symptoms early and be able to use techniques to help them better manage and reduce their levels of stress.

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The Missouri Athletic Club to Present College Soccer’s Top Award – Jan. 5

The Missouri Athletic Club to Present College Soccer’s Top Award – Jan. 5

The Missouri Athletic Club will present the Hermann Trophy to the top male and female collegiate soccer players in the nation on Friday, Jan. 5. The crystal soccer ball trophy represents the highest individual achievement in the sport. Many of the biggest names in American soccer, including Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Claudio Reyna and Alexi Lalas, have won the award.

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Individual Defending Exercises

Individual Defending Exercises

When defense is discussed, it is often in the context of the team. Yes, the defensive system employed by a coach, whether it is man-to-man or zonal, is important. But what are as important and often overlooked are the technical and tactical defensive abilities of the individual players. Following is a practical session that addresses the individual skills of tackling, closing down and containing from the front and back -- as well as exercises that incorporate these skills into a team's defense.

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How to Move Beyond a Negative Season as a Youth Coach

How to Move Beyond a Negative Season as a Youth Coach

Plenty of teams start the season struggling and end the season the same way, perhaps never winning a game or even getting close. This can wear on coaches. Such struggles might drive otherwise strong coaches from volunteering again, possibly depriving the kids of a dedicated role model who is focused on their development in the sport. One bad year shouldn’t be a reason to quit. Here are some ways a youth coach can move beyond a negative season:

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Functional Off-Season Strength/Power Training Exercises for Soccer

Functional Off-Season Strength/Power Training Exercises for Soccer

Here are a menu of exercises that you can add to your off-season program to develop strength/power specific to soccer. They should be used as part of an overall program design to the individual needs of each player.

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Building Goalkeeper Confidence

Building Goalkeeper Confidence

In this article, coach Colin Smith introduces us to his thoughts on confidence building for goalkeepers (and players in general) and the challenges parents deliver on a daily basis. Whether you’re a professional goalkeeper or an Under 7 in a mini soccer match the pressure and expectation to make the right decision at the right time is the same.

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Spanish Liga: Alber Fenoll Scouts Levante UD for Malaga CF

Spanish Liga: Alber Fenoll Scouts Levante UD for Malaga CF

Spanish Liga side Malaga CF played Levante UD last weekend. During the days before the game, scouter Alber Fenoll (AF) has been posting several tweets showing some aspects the home team should take into account to win the game. They were all created with KlipDraw video analysis software. In the following post we have compiled the most important information from his analysis.

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The Unstoppable Growth of Fantasy Sports [Infographic]

The Unstoppable Growth of Fantasy Sports [Infographic]

Fantasy sports is a phenomenal business that has grown into a billion-dollar industry. One of the reasons behind the popularity of fantasy sports is the fact that fans feel like they have a real stake in the performance of their players and teams. Take a look at the infographic created by the Betting Sites team and discover more about this rising industry. 

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Off-Season Conditioning While Maintaining Technical Skills

Off-Season Conditioning While Maintaining Technical Skills

During the season, the goal of the soccer athlete is to improve skills and maintain conditioning levels. The opposite strategy should be applied to the off-season, to improve conditioning while maintaining skills. The following is a one-month model for the off-season that demonstrates the strategy of blending conditioning and skill to improve overall soccer performance.

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Functional Off-Season Strength Training Exercise for Soccer

Functional Off-Season Strength Training Exercise for Soccer

Soccer is a physically demanding sport. Athletes must be able to sprint to the ball and change direction while maintaining these skills for a long duration. During the off-season is the ideal time to improve overall athleticism, including strength. Here are strength exercises specific to soccer that athletes can do during the off-season.

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