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Strong Hips Equal Strong Game

Cone Matrix

Ever watch the pros play and think to yourself, how do they do that? How does Ronaldo step over the ball so many times in just one move? What makes Robin Van Persie’s volleys so powerful and accurate? What makes Messi… well… Messi?¬†For one thing, genetics. But until science gets there, that aspect of their abilities isn’t reproducible. One thing they do have and that we can apply to our training is building strong and powerful hips. A strong hip/pelvic region is imperative for high-end performance regardless of competitive level, age or position. Continue reading »

Alphabet

Alphabet

Do you have a sprained ankle? Do you have weak ankles? One way to strengthen your ankles is to do the Alphabet! The Alphabet exercise is great because you can do anytime and anywhere. It will help rehabilitate and strengthen your ankle after a sprain and also help prevent future sprains. Continue reading »

Heat Exhaustion

Heat Exhaustion

I’ll never forget the soccer tournament I played in Rhode Island. The temperature had reached 98 degrees. It was so hot that the tournament directors required referees to stop games every 15 minutes for players to rehydrate. As a coach, parent, or player, it’s very important that you remember to take the time to rehydrate or you risk the condition of heat exhaustion. Continue reading »

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates have numerous roles to play in the human body, but one of the most important roles to athletes is the ability to store and transport energy. Because soccer involves strenuous exercise, it is beneficial to have a readily available source of energy during practices and games. Continue reading »

Ankle Sprains

Ankle Sprains

Your ankles can take quite a beating during the soccer season. The majority of foot and ankle injuries are a result of direct player-to-player contact, usually from a slide tackle or friendly cleat stomp. Ankle sprains are one of the most common of these injuries. Continue reading »

Hamstring Injuries

Walking Lunges with Rotation

Hamstring injuries are commonplace in the game of soccer. Players who have experienced them during their careers can attest that such injuries can be long standing and reoccurring. The shear nature of the game requires explosive movements and quick changes of direction, asking the body to produce great amounts of force in very little time. Continue reading »

Blisters

Blisters

Blisters are common for soccer players, especially on the feet. You’ll just have to accept the fact that you’ll get one sooner or later! There are things you can do to help avoid them or decrease the pain and potential for infection if you already have one. Continue reading »

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