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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000054
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Strength and Conditioning for Soccer Players

Turner, Anthony N. MSc, CSCS*D1; Stewart, Perry F. MSc, CSCS1,2

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ABSTRACT: SOCCER IS CHARACTERIZED AS A HIGH-INTENSITY, INTERMITTENT, CONTACT TEAM SPORT THAT REQUIRES A NUMBER OF PROFICIENT PHYSICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL CAPABILITIES TO PERFORM SUCCESSFULLY. APART FROM THE NECESSARY TECHNICAL AND TACTICAL SKILLS REQUIRED, SOCCER PLAYERS MUST ALSO DEVELOP AND RETAIN A HIGH LEVEL OF AEROBIC AND ANAEROBIC CONDITIONING, SPEED, AGILITY, STRENGTH, AND POWER. THESE ARE BEST DEVELOPED THROUGH HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING, SMALL-SIDED GAMES, REPEATED SPRINTS, COACHED SPEED AND AGILITY SESSIONS AND STRENGTH AND POWER-BASED GYM SESSIONS. SOCCER COACHES AND STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES MUST WORK COHESIVELY TO ENSURE A STRUCTURED AND EFFECTIVE PROGRAM IS ADHERED TO.

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