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In-Season Strength and Power Training Considerations for Professional Soccer Teams Competing Within National Level Competitions

Wing, Chris, MSc

Strength & Conditioning Journal: June 2018 - Volume 40 - Issue 3 - p 12–22
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000377
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ABSTRACT STRENGTH AND POWER HAVE BEEN WIDELY REPORTED AS ESSENTIAL QUALITIES TO SUCCESSFUL SOCCER PERFORMANCE. HOWEVER, IMPROVING THESE QUALITIES WITHIN THE IN-SEASON PERIOD SEEMS TO PROVIDE SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES. THESE INCLUDE A CHAOTIC FIXTURE SCHEDULE, INCREASED LEVELS OF FATIGUE, AND ISSUES SURROUNDING CONCURRENT TRAINING. A VARIETY OF METHODS MAY BE USED BY STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING (S&C) COACHES TO OVERCOME THESE. THIS MAY INCLUDE ADOPTING A NONLINEAR PERIODIZATION PLAN AND THE CAREFUL MANIPULATION OF THE VARIABLES WITHIN IT. AT ALL TIMES, THE S&C COACH SHOULD BE FLEXIBLE AND ABLE TO EASILY ADJUST PROGRAMMING TO THE CHANGING COMPETITIVE SCHEDULE.

South Fremantle Football Club, Fremantle, Australia

Address correspondence to Chris Wing, Wingy86@hotmail.com.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The author reports no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Chris Wingis an accredited strength and conditioning coach currently working within state level sport in Perth, Western Australia..

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