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Training the Vertical Jump to Head the Ball in Soccer

Paoli, Antonio BSc, MD1,2; Bianco, Antonino PhD3,4; Palma, Antonio MD3,4; Marcolin, Giuseppe PhD1

Strength & Conditioning Journal: June 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 3 - p 80–85
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3182474b3a
Article

SUMMARY: IN MODERN SOCCER, HEADING THE BALL IS BOTH AN OFFENSIVE TOOL USED TO SCORE GOALS AND A DEFENSIVE MEASURE AGAINST OPPOSING TEAMS. PROFICIENCY IN HEADING THE BALL REQUIRES PROPER TECHNIQUE IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN EFFECTIVE VERTICAL JUMP. THE AIM OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO ADDRESS THE FACTORS INVOLVED IN VERTICAL JUMP PERFORMANCE AND HOW THEY RELATE SPECIFICALLY TO HEADING THE BALL.

1Department of Human Anatomy and Physiology

2Human Movement Sciences School, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

3Faculty of Sports and Exercise Sciences

4Department of Legal, Economic, Biomedical, Psycho pedagogic Studies of Sports and Exercise Sciences, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy

Antonio Paoli is an assistant professor of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Padova.

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Antonino Bianco is an assistant professor of Fitness and Human Performance at the University of Palermo.

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Antonio Palma is a professor of Human Performance at the University of Palermo.

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Giuseppe Marcolin is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Padova.

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