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Applied S and C – effective warm-up & movement preparation

We decided to put warming-up and movement preparation back on the radar in light of some stuff we’ve seen in the field and read from strength and conditioning coaches and physiotherapists, over the past 12 months. Just so there’s no confusion, neuromuscular warm-ups (NMWU) including the FIFA 11+ are  warm-ups that can assist in reducing soft-tissue injuries in individuals(…)

Indexing fatigue during speed-endurance training

Indexing fatigue during speed-endurance training

Speed-endurance training (S-E) is a vital component of training in sports such as soccer, tennis, basketball and others, but it can be tricky to evaluate a S-E session on the quantitative level. Heart rate (HR) which is a precise physiological measurement is one way of measuring training intensity, however during recovery from one repetition to(…)

Conditioning effect of the 11+ soccer warm up

Conditioning effect of the 11+ soccer warm up

We introduced the 11+ warm up a few months ago here, and advocate its principles as a good general warm-up in any sport. While the aim of the warm up is in trying to prepare physically and mentally for the coming training session or match play, a new study published in The Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine has demonstrated that(…)

Effect of a 10wk strength programme on kicking a football

Effect of a 10wk strength programme on kicking a football

Strength training has never been more important in (professional) soccer. We’ve commented before on squat training protocols for youth soccer players and on the fact that  UEFA Champions League players combine strength, speed & aerobic power training. A new study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research has looked at the effect of a 10 week strength training(…)

Integrated soccer fitness training part I

Integrated soccer fitness training part I

In the past 6-8 years, the physical fitness demands placed on professional soccer players have increased. Recent data from The French Football Federation (FFF) has indicated that although near identical distances are being covered in competitive matches by first division professional teams in 2004 and 2010, the distance covered at high intensity (> 22km.hr-1) and(…)

The effect of starting v non-starting on in-season performance measures

The effect of starting v non-starting on in-season performance measures

When pre-season is over, most players in a team will have pretty high fitness levels but some variations will be seen from the fittest to the rest. Players get fit with the aim of playing, and those playing matches regularly will maintain their speed, endurance & power by virtue of competitive matches. But for players(…)

Hydration and rehydration for sports performance

Hydration and rehydration for sports performance

Hydration for sports performance has come under attack in recent years. One of the leading critiques of standardising hydration is Dr. Noakes who we referenced here.  A recent experiment from professional soccer is one of the first that we know of that supports Noakes’ position. The study published in The Journal of Sports Science looked at the effect of(…)