Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, with a growing number of soccer enthusiasts and players world-wide. Here's a closer look at the components of fitness and suggestions to organize your high-performance training.
Soccer (also known as "football") is widely accepted as one of the most popular sports in the world, with a growing number of soccer enthusiasts and players worldwide.
Despite this fact, strength and conditioning programs for soccer are often neglected or outdated. Except at the professional level, many athletes and coaches still focus only on skill development and endurance training (i.e.- running), and ignore the other important elements of fitness such as: - Strength and strength endurance training - Speed and power - Flexibility, warming up and cooling down - Agility training - Nutrition
Athletes of other popular sports such as hockey or American football typically understand the importance of a complementary strength and conditioning program (especially off-season) to improve their performance, but it seems that some soccer players don't believe that elements such as strength or power development are necessary for their sport. This couldn't be farther from the truth.