Technical Work – The Faster the Better

When it comes to “technical work,” can we be TOO technical?
Interesting question…and in my opinion the answer is “YES!” I understand that foot angle & toe placement when touching the ball is extremely important. But as coaches, we must ask ourselves “how much technique is TOO much?”
The answer lies in the product & end result

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Final Stages of ACL Return to Sport

Last week I put up a post that documents our ACL Return to Sport program and over the last few days I have received emails asking to see some of these activities in action. I videoed a few of the drills from our session last night with 2 girls who are in the final stages

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ACL Series: From Reducing the Risk to Return to Confidence

As spring approaches, and the high school female soccer players return to the field. We though it might be good to review some of the literature regarding ACL injuries and how our program has integrated training progressions that attempt to reduce the risk of this devastating injury. Over the last few days I have put

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RESEARCH: Odd Shaped Balls – Reactive Skill Development?

Last week at the NSCAA National Conference, I picked up a few balls from Corpus Training LLC to start a study on reactive dribbling and quick feet that we plan to start in the Spring. Last night I began our process, by letting some of our athletes play with the Rasenreich balls in a “free

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A Competetive, College Winter Break Workout

This week at the SoccerFIT Academy, our college kids came back to kick off their off-season workouts with us. And, in what has become very typical, we spent quite a bit of time reminiscing, evaluating and discussing new ideas and workout philosophies that they have been exposed to while they were away at school. We

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FOCUS EXERCISE: Why do we do single legged exercises?

Two of the most discussed aspects associated with injury risk reduction during the season are: 1) lower limb symmetry and 2) force absorption qualities. We used a Hop and Stop test of bilateral force production / force absorption, and the results showed a tremendous gain in symmetry in both the hopping and leaping exercises. We

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Rhythm and Soccer: a theoretical coaching approach to effective movement

Today’s post is written by John Lytton, a sports performance coach and former pro-soccer player with a facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. John founded Performance Unlimited in 2006, and has made it his passion to create an environment where athletes are constantly being challenged to progress as a player and a person. It

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RESEARCH: Enhancing Max Velocity Sprints with Weight Vests and Sled Pulls

A recent study on 20 college players from the Haverford College’s Athletic Department was performed by the University of Pennsylvania’s Human Performance Laboratory (Authors Clark, K., Stearne, D., Walts, C., and Miller, A. – Published in the December 2010 – Vol. 24 No. 12 Issue of the

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