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Structuring a Program in Elite Professional Soccer

Walker, Gary J., PhD; Hawkins, Richard, PhD

Strength & Conditioning Journal: June 2018 - Volume 40 - Issue 3 - p 72–82
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000345
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ABSTRACT THIS ARTICLE DISCUSSES THE PROCESSES THAT ARE UNDERTAKEN BY THE CONDITIONING COACHES OF ELITE SOCCER CLUBS WHEN PLANNING THE TRAINING PROGRAM FOR PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS. TO SUCCESSFULLY MANAGE THE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS OF A SQUAD OF PLAYERS THROUGHOUT A SEASON, IT IS IMPORTANT TO STRUCTURE TRAINING APPROPRIATELY USING STRATEGIES TO IDENTIFY THE INDIVIDUAL NEEDS OF PLAYERS, ENSURING THAT THOSE REQUIREMENTS ARE MET WITHIN THE CONSTRAINTS OF THE ANNUAL CALENDAR. THE OVERALL AIM IS TO MAXIMIZE SQUAD AVAILABILITY WHILE OPTIMIZING PLAYER READINESS FOR MATCHES, ENSURING THAT EACH PLAYER HAS THE PHYSICAL CAPABILITY TO IMPLEMENT THE REQUIRED TACTICS SUCCESSFULLY.

Manchester United Football Club, Manchester, United Kingdom

Address correspondence to Gary J. Walker, gary.walker@manutd.co.uk.

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

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Gary J. Walkeris a first team fitness coach at Manchester United Football Club.

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Richard Hawkinsis head of Athletic Training Services at Manchester United Football Club.

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