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Soccer Specific Strength & Conditioning PDF

Soccer Specific Strength &  Conditioning

Soccer is the world's most popular sport with the Federation of the International Football Association (FIFA) estimating that more than 270 million people are actively involved in the sport worldwide.

The US Soccer Federation (USA) has the second highest number of registered players of all countries and participation continues to grow.

In recent years, there has been a remarkable expansion in and acceptance of sport science, and specifically strength and conditioning (S&C), within soccer.

This discipline is recognized as a valid area of scientific and professional practice, with S&C practitioners becoming key members of the now multidisciplinary coaching team.

In addition to the necessary technical and tactical skills required, soccer players must develop and retain a high level of athleticism to be successful.

Previous research has identified that aerobic endurance , ability to repeatedly execute high-intensity actions , speed , agility , and strength and power are all determinants of superior performance.

However, it is worth noting that physiological and physical characteristics vary between different positions.

The aim of this article is to review the physiological demands of soccer to provide S&C coaches with critically appraised evidence-based interventions for elite male soccer players.

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