Spring Season – Part 2 (Training Focus)

This blog series is aimed at the high school player, and will provide you with research, programming tips and information that we have gathered over the years.
In the last post we looked at trends we have observed over the last decade in high school girls soccer, basically showing a loss of athleticism and increase in

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Spring Season – Part 1 (What to Expect)

This blog series is aimed at the high school player, and will provide you with research, programming tips and information that we have gathered over the years.
For over 10 years we have monitored the year round training of our high school girls, and over that time we have compiled quite a bit of information about

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Using HRV Monitoring to Assess and Predict Fitness?

One of the training aids we are currently researching is the ability to measure HRV (Heart Rate Variability) to assess and predict performance. HRV monitoring seems to be the hot topic in many fitness discussions, and we want to see how efficiently we can integrate it into our training programs.
I was first introduced to HRV

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6 Off-Season Fitness Workouts to Improve Game Speed Fitness

Here is a question I received over email today…
I’ve completed initial testing with a team of U14 girls. They are generally strongest in speed and weakest in fitness. In the fitness category, the median was 326 and average is 367…in the lower end of developing. I’d like to try to increase everyone to low 717

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#4mileInterval Partner Challenge (Video)

To keep things fresh and competitive during sessions we often will allow players to team up to hit some of our training challenges. In this Anaerobic Power training session, we use our 4 Mile Interval Workout (2 Half Miles, 4 Quarter Miles, 6 200 yd Runs and 8 100 yd sprints with brief 50-80 yd

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Soccer Speed Training: 6 Player Overlap Sprint Repeats

As we prepare for our pre-season (usually about 8 weeks prior to our season start date) we want to begin making a slow shift from our non-specific sprint training into our specific sprint training. We need to consider two key aspects when designing these drills.

What conditioning effect do we hope to achieve (max speed, repeat

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Off-Season Recap: Week 6 – Fitness Separation

In week 5 of our off-season training program we finished up our pre-test sessions on speed, strength and fitness. Some have asked why we wait 4 weeks before starting our “pre-test” and the answer is simple. We have 200+ athletes walk show up week 1 of our off-season program, and many of them have not

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