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Pinasco Adrian MS; Carson, James PhD
Strength and Conditioning Journal: October 2005
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The purpose of this article is to emphasize the critical importance of the preseason for progressively elevating player fitness to aid in reaching peak performance for the initial period of the competitive season. This article also briefly describes critical physiological demands of competitive soccer, which must be understood if the strength and conditioning coach is going to devise a program that will produce improved performance.

Adrian Pinasco is the head soccer coach at Hammond School in Columbia, SC, as well as assisting the University of South Carolina Men's Soccer team as the Conditioning manager.

James Carson is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Applied Physiology of the Exercise Science Department at the University of South Carolina.

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