strength training

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(…)

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(…)

Weight Training and Type 2 Diabetes

Weight Training and Type 2 Diabetes

The link between aerobic fitness and diabetes prevention or management has been well established. Most Diabetes associations recommend getting at least 150 min /week of moderate intensity aerobic exercise. Grontved et al 2012 took a look at weight training and its effects. Over the course of the survey they determined that men who weight trained(…)

Eccentric hamstring training: an emerging paradigm in lower limb injury prevention

Eccentric hamstring training: an emerging paradigm in lower limb injury prevention

The hamstring muscles are uniquely prone to injury in field athletes, where high intensity running and sprinting often lead to strains and occasionally tears. While the aetiology of hamstring injuries is complex, thigh injuries were highlighted in The UEFA Injury Study 2011 accounting for 17% of all injuries, with subsequent lay-off time of 18-24 days. Cases of(…)

Strength training recommendations in front & back squat for elite youth soccer players

Strength training recommendations in front & back squat for elite youth soccer players

There is a growing body of evidence highlighting the positive effects of both plyometric and strength training for youth athletes. A little earlier this week, we posted that plyometric training in youth soccer players improves many physical performance indicators including, speed, strength & peak power. And a more recent study by Keiner et al. (2012) has demonstrated(…)