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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(…)

Muscle damage and running economy

Muscle damage and running economy

Running economy, defined by de Oliveira Assumpcao, et al 2013, as the energy demand for a given velocity of submaximal training, will determine how two athletes of equivalent VO2max will race. Now, few people only train running but incorporate sports activity, weight training, plyometrics and other forms of training. This creates muscle damage which can(…)

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(…)

Sled towing and muscle activation

Sled towing and muscle activation

Sled towing is an accessory exercise used frequently in sprinting, American football, rugby, powerlifting and strongman training. Various attachments can be used for sled dragging. Around the hips, ankles, shoulders, with straps to include arm or shoulder work and some even wrap them around elbows and knees. Lawerence, et al 2012 decided to see what(…)