Sports Performance

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7 Agility Cone Drills This article was provided by Training-Conditioning Have you found that while your athletes are consistently getting stronger, they are not gaining agility? If so, you might want to consider adding footwork and running drills to their workouts. Doing this will not only make your athletes faster, but also give them more power and endurance. When implementing agility drills, ...

Ankle Strength: Reducing Injuries This article was provided by Training-Conditioning Strong ankles are essential for athletic performance. Unfortunately, this area of the body can be very susceptible to injury, which means that strengthening the ligaments and muscles around the ankles is all the more important. Here are some exercises to help make that happen. Stana Landon of Active.com explains that ankles are put ...

Soccer Training: Hip Mobility Series Here is a stretching sequence and a hip mobility series that would be great addition to your soccer conditioning program. In the video clip below Michael Cano, of ONEighty Athletics, takes a group of athletes through a warm up stretching series and follows that with a series of exercises designed to increase hip mobility. Both of ...

3 Drills to Increase Players’ Speed You can increase the speed of your players with proper training. Here are three drills that will make your players faster. In the video below Michael Cano, of ONEighty Athletics, demonstrates three simple drill to increase the speed of your players. The three drill are as follows: 1. Seated Arm Action: 2 sets x 15 Secs 2. Fast Claw ...

5 Minute Dynamic Warm-up A quick effective warm-up is often necessary. Whether it’s between games in a tournament or simply getting ready for the second half of a match, your team needs a routine to prepare them for action. In the video below Michael Cano of ONEighty Athletics takes you through a five-minute dynamic warm-up that will get your players ready ...

Soccer Speed Development Most coaches are simply guessing when it comes to developing fast, explosive athletes. Perhaps they think speed it is not a teachable skill. Here are five drills to help you improve team speed. In the video below strength and conditioning expert Michael Cano of ONEighty Athletics shares five quick feet drills that he uses in his ...

Hip Exercises: Training that will improve performance In just about any sport, hip strength is critical to performance. Consider these simple exercises to give your athletes the upper hand on the pitch.   This article was provided by Training-Conditioning By Jim Kielbaso   Jim Kielbaso, MS, CSCS, is the author of Speed & Agility Revolution and the Director of the Total Performance Training Center in Wixom, Mich. He can ...

2-Cone Agility Drills The ability to sprint, decelerate, and then re-accelerate with in a short distance is the money spot when applying agility drills for soccer. In the video below Michael Cano of ONEighty Athletics shows you four different  2-cone agility drills that you can incorporate into your practices or your off-season training program. Coach Cano also offers a free ...

Avoiding Overtraining Pitfalls Avoid the mistake of over training your athletes.  How do you determine their level of fatigue and how do you adjust their training? In the video clip below Ryan Spencer, Human Performance Specialist, discusses the pitfalls of overtraining  your athletesAll coaches need to be constantly watching their players in regards to how they are handling fatigue ...

Goalkeeper Strength and Conditioning This article was provided by Training-Conditioning By Jane Koeniges and Pete Koeniges They’re your last line of defense. They can make bad teams good and good teams great. The best ones can take over an entire game by themselves. There is no other athlete quite like the goalkeeper. In soccer, ice hockey, lacrosse, and field hockey, they’re the most ...

How to Fuel Up for a Match This article was provided by Training-Conditioning By Randy Bird Randy Bird, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS, is Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of Virginia. Soccer is a sport where proper nutrition greatly affects performance. During a game, the average player will cover five to seven miles and needs to be energized for both endurance and repeated energy bursts. ...

Stretching To Achieve Success This article was provided by Coaches Network   In the pursuit of making athletes bigger, stronger, and faster, today’s strength and conditioning coaches and sport coaches are faced with many obstacles. Outside the realms of program design and individual instruction, a coach is challenged with scheduling, staffing, and time constraints. A constant question is: With a limited amount ...

Dynamic Warm-up Exercises Proper warm-ups are necessary for great training sessions and for great performances in matches.  In this video Lee Cullip, Sporting Director of TTI, has his Performance Director lead Warm Up Examples that is part of his Player Centric Development in a Group Environment demonstration. The Technical Institute (TTI) is an advanced soccer education and training ...

Heat Illness With practices set to begin soon for many of you, I thought I would post some information regarding heat illness. Being prepared to treat heat illness is essential, but it’s even better to follow smart prevention steps that keep athletes from needing treatment at all. This article was provided by Training and Conditioning By J. Allen Hardin J. Allen ...

Workouts for the Goalkeeper This article was provided by Training and Conditioning By Jane Koeniges and Pete Koeniges Jane Koeniges, CSCS, is a field hockey and lacrosse coach. Her brother, Pete Koeniges, MEd, ATC, CSCS, is an athletic trainer and strength coach.They’re your last line of defense. They can make bad teams good and good teams great. The best ones can take ...

Agility Rings (Part 2): Dynamic Warm-up   By Jay Dawes   Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA, is an Assistant Professor of Strength and Conditioning and the head strength coach for women’s soccer at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Jay has worked as a strength/performance coach, educator and post-rehabilitation specialist for over 15 years, and continues to act as a performance consultant for a ...

Soccer Agility Training   This article provided by Training and Conditioning   By Jay DawesJay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA, is an Assistant Professor of Strength and Conditioning and the head strength coach for women’s soccer at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Jay has worked as a strength/performance coach, educator and post-rehabilitation specialist for over 15 years, and continues to act ...

Keeping Players Fresh and Injury Free This article was provided by Training and Conditioning The fall preseason is usually synonymous with long, hard practices and few, if any, rest days. But at the University of Portland, incorporating recovery into the preseason has resulted in fewer injuries and fresher athletes at the start of the season. By Dr. Terry FaveroTerry Favero, PhD, is a ...

Beep Test : Measuring Fitness By Matt Settles Coach Settles recently completely his 11th season as a high school coach in Indiana. The former collegiate player at the University of Southern Indiana is also a regular contributor to the Soccer Toolbox. Soccer is a sport that requires lots of running and players must be in good shape to be effective on the ...

Soccer Speed: Improve Your Ability To Run Away From Defenders Soccer requires players to speed up, slow down and change directions quickly. Players must be able to run forward, backwards and shuffle from side to side. Their ability to move effectively combined with great skill can make them a very good player. While all types of movements are critical, nothing is more helpful than straight ahead ...

Speed Training This article was provided by Training and Conditioning By Dr. Jay Dawes Jay Dawes, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, USAW, FNSCA, is an Assistant Professor of Strength and Conditioning and the head strength coach for women’s soccer at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Jay has worked as a strength/performance coach, educator and post-rehabilitation specialist for over 15 years, and ...

Conditioning Drill with Touches Soccer is a game that requires tremendous skill. It also demands that the players be extremely well conditioned. The sport requires long periods of running as well as multiple short explosive bursts. To be effective soccer players must be trained for both quick explosive movements and the ability to run for long periods of time. ...

Soccer Fitness This article was provided by Training and Conditioning Known for its outstanding conditioning program, the University of California, Santa Barbara men’s soccer team is adding strength to its regimen. By Alison Parakh & Leo Chappel Alison Parakh, MS, CSCS, USAW-Level 1, is an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Leo Chappel is an Assistant Coach of Men’s Soccer ...

Soccer Survivor   The following is from an article published on Training and Conditioning. To read the complete article click here A unique competition to consider for your pre-season conditioning for next year.  You might not be able to use the exact system, but I like the idea of finding a way to make your pre-season ​​​​​​​work less monotonous ...

Agility Training Combined with Skills Training Every soccer coach would love to have faster, more agile and more explosive athletes on the pitch. Every coach would also like to have more skilled players that react quickly to various situations. In the clip below, taken 2013 NSCAA Convention in Indy, George Crampton show five different drills that you can use to train ...

Goalie Workout: Strength and Conditioning This article was provided by Training and Conditioning To be an effective goalie–in any sport–you need a certain mindset. You also need a specific strength and conditioning program that is different from position players. By Jane Koeniges & Pete Koeniges Jane Koeniges, CSCS, is the Assistant Field Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse Coach at East Stroudsburg University, and the ...

On The Run: Nutrition Plan for Soccer Players This article was provided by Training and Conditioning Coaches and athletes are realizing that a meal plan is as critical as a game plan. A soccer team needs on-the-go meal ideas. As athletes understand more about how diet affects performance, they are also realizing they sometimes have unique needs. Then there are each athlete’s individual ...

Fueling Through Fluids: Which Recovery/Hydration Drinks are Best This article was provided by Training and Conditioning From protein mixes to hydration beverages to recovery drinks, there are many options available in fluid form to boost athletes’ performance. By Kristin Maki Kristin Maki is an Assistant Editor at Training & Conditioning. She can be reached at kmaki@MomentumMedia.com. The days of simply refilling the team’s water bottles for games ...

Year Round Program: Training for Greatness This article was provided by Training and Conditioning The University of Maryland men’s soccer strength and conditioning program uses a 12-month cycle to help players excel on the pitch in college and beyond. By Barry Kagan Barry Kagan, CSCS, MSCC, LMT, is Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Maryland, where he has primary responsibility ...

No Stopping ‘Em: Aerobic Workouts and Movement Drills This article was provided to Soccer Toolbox by Training and Conditioning Carefully designed aerobic workouts and sport-specific movement drills lay the training foundation for the high-flying University of Portland women’s soccer team. By Dr. Terry Favero Terry Favero, PhD, is Professor of Biology and Conditioning Coordinator for the two-time national champion women’s soccer team at the University of ...