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Fitness for soccer II

Fitness for soccer II

It seems that match location and match status has an impact on the distances covered by pro soccer players.  When winning, pro players cover more distance by walking and jogging than by high intensity running (>19km.hr). Similarly, when playing at home, the home teams cover more distance at low intensity. The reasons are unclear as(…)

Fitness for soccer

Fitness for soccer

I believe that specific fitness training is fundamental for success in any sport, soccer is a great example.  Two recent studies from Norway (world leaders in the field of soccer research) show that by adding 4 * 4min interval aerobic/soccer training to regular soccer practices, many performance variables improve i.e. distance covered on the pitch,(…)

Test battery for U16 elite soccer

Test battery for U16 elite soccer

Pre-season football (soccer!) season started just under two months ago. I implemented a basic test battery to evaluate the team: the 1600m run, the 40y sprint, the agility T-Test, and a push-up with the aim of evaluating aerobic endurance, speed, agility and strength (although strictly it is muscular endurance).  Is this a valid test battery(…)