The best soccer players I played with were not only strong, stable, and skillful, they were the most powerful
athletes. Think: Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Crystal Dunn.
Their ability to use their strength and convert it to speed and power on the field is second to none. This is apparent through their ability to jump higher, sprint faster, accelerate and decelerate more efficiently, and change direction on a dime compared to their opponents.
If said qualities are what separate good athletes from great athletes then training for power
should be an essential component of your training....
There are times when the "past repeating itself" is a wonderful thing - for example when the U.S. Women's National Team won the World Cup last summer for the third time and the first time since 1999.
And, then there are times when the "past repeating itself" is better if the past, well, just stays in the past - for example when women's professional soccer teams play on a "field" that is the outfield of a baseball field.
Let me explain....
Photo Credit: Cressey Sports Performance
Want to be a better athlete - a better soccer player, perhaps? Want to stay healthy, injury-free for the long haul? Perform better on and off the field?
If you answered yes to one of those questions - then a proper warm-up is vital.
The primary goal for training is not only to improve performance, but to stay healthy while you're doing it.
As the above quote, "Durability is more important than ability" states, no matter what your goals are or how talented you are if you can't stay healthy and injury-free then it will be very challenging to reach these goals.
Too often though athletes/clients overlook their warm-up and leave out this vital training component. Whether it is not performing a warm-up at all or skimping through it with a few stretches here or there with no real direction - you're missing out on a critical component that can help take your performance to the next level....
With Pride Month coming to an end this post couldn’t be more timely. The majority of my posts consist of me talking about my passion for soccer and how strength and conditioning played an important role in my development as a player and reaching the highest levels of the game.
Although these are topics I’m passionate about there’s another piece of me/my career that has also been critical to my success. As a member of the LGBT community I’ve faced my own personal challenges and triumphs as an out athlete and my aim to inspire others through sharing my story....