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Strength Training and Metabolic Conditioning for Female Youth and Adolescent Soccer Players

Wright, Matthew D. MPhil; Laas, Mihkel-Madis MSc

Strength and Conditioning Journal: April 2016 - Volume 38 - Issue 2 - p 96–104
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000212
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ABSTRACT DESPITE THE RAPID GROWTH IN WOMEN AND GIRLS PLAYING SOCCER, EVIDENCE-BASED GUIDELINES TO INFORM CONDITIONING FOR GIRLS ARE SPARSE. MOST RESEARCH ON YOUTH SOCCER IS CONDUCTED IN MALES, WHICH MAY NOT BE TRANSFERABLE TO PRACTICE IN FEMALE TEAMS. THIS ARTICLE REFLECTS ON THE CURRENT EVIDENCE BASE AND DRAWS ON THE AUTHORS' EXPERIENCES TO PROVIDE GUIDELINES TO IMPROVE CONDITIONING PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT MATURATION IN GIRLS. THE ARTICLE FOCUSES ON THE INTEGRATION OF NEUROMUSCULAR AND METABOLIC CONDITIONING METHODS TO SAFELY IMPROVE PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE AND REDUCE INJURY RISK FACTORS. GUIDELINES ARE PRESENTED FOR PLAYERS PRE, CIRCUM, AND POST PEAK HEIGHT VELOCITY.

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Sport and Wellbeing, Department of Student Services, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

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

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Matthew D. Wrightis the sports development officer for Elite sport at Teesside University.

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Mihkel-Madis Laasis a strength and conditioning coach at Teesside University and an Athletic Development/Sports Scientist at Pro Football Support.

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