I have always wanted to look at the physical effects that a cold can have on performance. We see over 100 athletes every day in our facility, and during the winter months it seems like half of them are either getting a cold, have a cold or just getting over a cold. We try toRead More
Throwing med balls always seems to go hand in hand with power training. Exercises like shot tosses (pictured in the video below), scoop tosses, crunch throws, jump throws, chest passes and partner variations (mb tennis) have been used in our programs for years.
These activities build power in several ways:
Coordination: concentric synchronization of the lower bodyRead More
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 putRead More
Our Research Review Article for today comes from the January 2011 issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (Rubley, et. al., 2011). This study assessed an intervention of low-level plyometric training on vertical jump and kicking performance in two groups of thirteen-year-old female soccer players.
“High intensity plyometric training is often used by strength
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 theRead More
In August the Fox Soccer Channel came out to the Soccer F.I.T. Academy to film one of our training sessions. They jumped in during the second day of testing during the first week of the fall session. Although the exercises in the clip don’t really represent a normal training session, you can still enjoy listeningRead More
There are a few exercises that we teach at the Soccer F.I.T. Academy that really help us develop our soccer specific strength and power, and thus set the stage for explosive speed and agility. However, 2 of these exercises have many variations that can dramatically effect the outcome of the exercise. After posting yesterdays video,Read More
I just got back from a strength and conditioning conference in Orlando where I ran into quite a few friends and coaches from all over the world. We got to share ideas, drills and programming strategies and it truly was a very motivating week. I talked to former players about what they felt had bestRead More
If your athletes are changing directions greater than 90 degrees at full speed, in almost every situation, they should use their inside leg (athletes left leg in the pictures below) as their PRIMARY decelerator. This is not to say that the outside leg has no role in the deceleration. The outside leg needs to finishRead More