Soccer has evolved over the last five to ten years with advances in soccer fitness and conditioning. Gone are the days, at least I hope, of sending your son or daughter or team out for a 30 to 45 minute conditioning cardio run.
This only leads to players becoming slower, weaker and more susceptible to injury.
As the game has evolved there has been a tendency to focus more on speed development. Players of all positions need to have the ability to sprint both with and with out the ball. This is quite evident if you have ever watched a football match from the English Premiership.
So if you have a child or a team that lacks the ability to run fast, then your team is in jeopardy of losing many of their games.
With this in mind there are three things you can do to get your kid or team to be faster on the soccer pitch:
1. Perform single leg exercises that drive the leg into the ground. An example of this would be a single leg squat. There are different variations of this exercise that can be done with or with weights.
Remember, most of the game is played on a single leg. It is very important to have good single leg strength and balance.
2. Next, players should be at a healthy body fat percentage. This is more important for your teenage players.
It is important that during puberty both male and female soccer players consume foods that boost energy and build muscle.
Be aware of claims from fat loss pills and protein muscle gainers. Chocolate milk is an excellent example of post game or training work out drink. It contains carbohydrates for energy and protein for building muscle.
Adolescence is a very sensitive time for body image and muscle development for both male and female soccer players.
It is lot easier to move faster for these young soccer players when their body is streamlined.
3. In order to run faster players must be well rested. Reaction time and nerve firing for muscle contraction significantly decreases from over training and lack of sleep.
In today's society, teenagers now study late at night and pull "all nighters" and they have yet to reach the university or college level yet.
So just by following these three things you should start to see your child or team run faster for soccer within a couple of weeks.
Sometimes it is the smaller things off the soccer pitch that makes a difference to the game on the pitch.
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