Soccer

The Placebo Effect in Carb Loading

The Placebo Effect in Carb Loading

Many people who participate in long distance running, cycling or swimming supplement with carbohydrate beverages. The idea is that over long-periods time, the glucose necessary for fatty acid mobilization becomes used up and the athlete ‘hits the wall’ or ‘bonks out’. With replenishment, they can continue properly mobilizing fatty acids to fuel the activity and(…)

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(…)

Thigh muscularity and strength in teenage soccer players

Thigh muscularity and strength in teenage soccer players

Hoshiakwa et al’s 2012 study focused in the cross sectional area of the thigh. Soccer players aged 11-13 had their cross sectional area measured along with dynamic knee flexion and knee extension. Knee flexion strength was comparable in the two groups but knee extension strength was much larger in the athlete’s group. We know that(…)

Return to play protocols for soccer players following ACL reconstruction

Return to play protocols for soccer players following ACL reconstruction

ACL tears, as discussed previously (here & here) are not career ending but require some time and adaptation before returning to play. Therapists and coaches are left with guidelines and no specific protocols when rehabilitating a torn ACL. Few concrete methods exist with signposts along the way. Della Villa et al. (2012) set out to change that.(…)