Conditioned Possession Game - Press & Score

Conditioned Possession Game - Press & Score

If you want to compete at your best at soccer, you need to commit to preseason training, so that your team’s strength and cardiovascular fitness peaks at the right time. This is a moderate intensity aerobic training session. This session is designed to replicate the demands of soccer. 

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Aerobic Endurance Training Session

Aerobic Endurance Training Session

As part of your preseason cardio training plan, you need to build a good aerobic base to help with the demands of a long season while preparing your body for high-intensity, short anaerobic activity. This is great soccer specific session to start some aerobic base building. 

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Muscle Recovery Techniques for Soccer Players

Muscle Recovery Techniques for Soccer Players

While recovery is important for all aspects of soccer, this article is focusing on everything you need to know about optimizing your muscle recovery. Taking the techniques and tips in this article seriously will help you feel less sore, gain more muscle, practice and workout more and harder and overall improve your game.

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Ladders, Hurdles and Cones

Ladders, Hurdles and Cones

Footwork drills using ladders, hurdles, and cones should be simple, effective, and purposeful. They can be great tools for building fundamental qualities like rhythm and balance, both very important for speed and agility.  When setting up your program, it's very important to remember two key facts that are indisputable.

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Non-Impact Conditioning

Non-Impact Conditioning

For conditioning sessions that are 20 minutes or more, consider using a bike, elliptical, or rower (my personal favorite).  All of these modalities will help you build the aerobic base you are looking for while saving your and many times it’s even more effective than running. You can get all of the same benefits of running and build a strong aerobic base while saving your body. 

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Maintaining Fitness Levels for the Entire Season

Maintaining Fitness Levels for the Entire Season

This is the time of year where for most, preseason training is continuing or ending, and regular seasons are about to start. If you have prepared well, you should be in very good shape. Most players won’t be in their ‘top’ shape at the start of the season, but will be very close. Depending on your situation, you may need some extra work to be in top shape.

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Sudden Increases or Decreases in Loading Can Increase Injury Risk

Sudden Increases or Decreases in Loading Can Increase Injury Risk

Coaches often use preseason as a period for high loading to prepare players for the upcoming season. Research shows that sudden changes in typical loading can increase injury risk. Coaches should consider planning training intensity in a progressive manner.

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5 Things to Consider When Planning Preseason

5 Things to Consider When Planning Preseason

Preseasons are just around the corner for most teams. Here are 5 things to consider from John De Witt, Head Sports Performance Coach, Houston Dynamo Academy & Houston Dash, when developing your plan. 

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Develop your balance – it is an important skill often overlooked

Develop your balance – it is an important skill often overlooked

Balance is an important skill to develop for young players. Players are required to complete soccer tasks balanced on one leg. Passing, receiving, shooting, crossing and dribbling are all completed while balancing on one leg. Many players and coaches overlook balance and take it for granted. However, it is like any other skill – it has to constantly worked on and improved in order to improve performance. The best players in the world all have great balance and this allows them to complete soccer specific skills and movements at high speed, without losing their footing.

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Strength and Conditioning: Extends Beyond the Field of Play

Strength and Conditioning: Extends Beyond the Field of Play

Most of us know that strength and conditioning can be extremely beneficial when it comes to reaching our fullest potential on the field such as helping us run faster, jump higher, and reducing the likelihood of injury.What isn’t talked about as much, though, is the impact that strength and conditioning has beyond the field.

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8 Random Thoughts on Soccer Performance Training

8 Random Thoughts on Soccer Performance Training

The other day my good friend and fellow performance coach, Mike Robertson wrote an article about random thoughts he’s had over the past couple of weeks on strength, speed, and conditioning. This prompted me to add to my already on-going list of random thoughts I have in regards to Soccer Performance Training. So, here are a few of the thoughts I have while training athletes.

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Simple Core Routine for Soccer Players

Simple Core Routine for Soccer Players

In soccer it is imperative that players are able to control their core as it allows for integration of the lower body with the upper body to transfer force from the ground upward and outward (ie. kicking, changing direction). If soccer players are unable to stabilize their core then it leaves them susceptible to injury and limits their performance and capabilities. Here is a core circuit that would be a better option for the athletes.

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Female Soccer Players: Strengthen These 3 Key Areas

Female Soccer Players: Strengthen These 3 Key Areas

Soccer requires us to perform incredible amounts of running, jumping, change of direction, acceleration and deceleration – in other words it is one of the most demanding sports on the body. And, the anterior chain, or front of the body, bears the majority of the stress compared to the backside of the body.

I find that “pushing” exercises like squatting and push-ups are much easier for the majority of our female soccer players to perform than “pulling” exercises such as deadlifts and rowing variations.Therefore I counterbalance these strength imbalances by targeting 3 main areas.

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A Different Kind of High Intensity Workout

A Different Kind of High Intensity Workout

Since soccer is a sport that requires explosive actions separated by periods of recovery, the best way to improve your fitness is to do just that – perform activities of high intensity followed by some rest. High intensity workouts can involve more than just running!

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