Strength and Conditioning for Soccer Players

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

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 4 - p 1–13
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000054
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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.

1London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London, England, United Kingdom; and

2Queens Park Rangers Football Club, London, England, United Kingdom

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Anthony N. Turner is a Strength & Conditioning Coach and the Programme Leader for the MSc in Strength and Conditioning at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University.

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Perry F. Stewart is the Head of Academy Sport Science and Medicine at Queens Park Rangers Football Club and a part time lecturer in Strength and Conditioning at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University.

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