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Excerpts — Soccer Anatomy-2nd Edition

Physical Demands on the Soccer Player

This is an excerpt from Soccer Anatomy-2nd Edition by Donald T. Kirkendall & Adam L. Sayers.Many years ago, if you asked someone how far a player runs in a soccer match, he might have estimated 10 miles. If you do the math, 10 miles in 90 minutes results in 9 minutes per mile; this is doable. But a typical field is 110 yards (100 m) long, and 10 miles is 16,000 meters. That would mean a player would have to run the length of the field 145 times at a constant 9-minute-per-mile pace to accumulate 10 miles; this is not...

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Risk Factors of Soccer Injury

This is an excerpt from Soccer Anatomy-2nd Edition by Donald T. Kirkendall & Adam L. Sayers.One of the purposes of a preparticipation physical examination is to identify factors that might predispose a player to an injury. Many issues need to be considered when acting on what is identified in this examination. In general, injury risks can be categorized as intrinsic (for example, age, prior injury, strength, neuromuscular skill, and more) or extrinsic (such as equipment, environment, playing surface, officiating, opponents, etc.); many injuries aren't an either/or consideration because, as you'll see, intrinsic and extrinsic risks interact with each other. Finally,...

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This Exercise Could Save Your ACL: The Nordic Hamstring Curl

This is an excerpt from Soccer Anatomy-2nd Edition by Donald T. Kirkendall & Adam L. Sayers. Level 1: Beginner Nordic Hamstring Curl Kneel on a soft surface. Ask a partner to squat behind you and anchor your ankles to the ground. Your body should be completely straight from the shoulders to the knees throughout the exercise. You may cross your arms across your chest or simply keep your hands ready to catch your body in a push-up position. Lean forward as far as you can, controlling the movement with your hamstrings and your gluteal muscles. When you can no longer...

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