Lateral Strength Training Exercises for Soccer

Lateral Strength Training Exercises for Soccer

Soccer players must be able to cover distances very fast and often times move in congested areas with ease. They need to improve leg strength to become more agile if they’re going to perform at their maximum ability. Increasing leg strength can also help prevent injury. Here are some lateral strength training videos to help improve agility.

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Fitness Testing

Fitness Testing

Of the many benefits of fitness testing, the most important is to establish the strengths and weaknesses of each athlete and compare those results to other athletes. You probably have some idea of how fit your athletes are. But knowing the specifics can help you set realistic fitness goals, monitor progress and maintain motivation. Gauge your teams fitness levels by doing these three classic exercise tests.

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Game Speed Conditioning

Game Speed Conditioning

This is the type of conditioning that separates the good from the elite.  In soccer, being fit for 90 minutes is not enough.  Traditionally, coaches have simply looked at the average distance in a game (approx. 8 miles) and conditioned their players to run that distance. High intensity training intervals are exactly what you need, especially if you are trying to lose weight and get “toned”.

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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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