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Strength Training for Soccer

Strength Training for Soccer

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    Tailoring strength and conditioning programs for soccer requires a deep understanding of the demands of the game. Preparing players to accelerate, decelerate, change direction, and turn and jump can be a challenge.

    Developed with the expertise of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Strength Training for Soccer explains the value of resistance training for soccer players. The book—backed by practical experience, evidence-based training methodologies, and research—provides a general overarching biomechanical analysis of soccer and specific analysis of the physical demands of each position: goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards. Using these analyses, you can design an effective training program that translates to performance on the field. The book also offers the following:
    • 10 detailed protocols to test soccer players’ strength, power, speed, agility, and high-intensity endurance capacity
    • 6 total body resistance exercises with 4 variations
    • 12 lower body exercises with 24 variations
    • 18 upper body exercises with 45 variations
    • 22 anatomical core exercises with 32 variations
    • 32 sample programs for off-season, preseason, in-season, and postseason resistance training
    Each resistance training exercise consists of a series of photos and a detailed list of primary muscles trained, beginning position and movement phases, breathing guidelines, modifications and variations, and coaching tips. You’ll also learn proper exercise technique and gain a deeper understanding of what muscles are involved in each exercise so you can develop a complete and targeted resistance training program.

    Backed by the NSCA and the knowledge and experience of individuals who have years of experience as strength and conditioning professionals for soccer, Strength Training for Soccer is the authoritative resource for creating soccer-specific resistance training programs to help your athletes optimize their strength and successfully transfer that strength and power to the soccer field.


    Strength and conditioning professionals, personal trainers, or other related professionals who supervise and train athletes for soccer; also for soccer coaches with intermediate or advanced understanding of strength and conditioning concepts and applications.

    Table of Contents

    Foreword by Tim Howard
    Introduction by Bob Bradley

    Part I. Principles of Sport-Specific Resistance Training

    Chapter 1. Importance of Resistance Training
    Garga Caserta and William E. Amonette

    Chapter 2. Analysis of the Sport and Sport Positions
    Scott Piri

    Chapter 3. Testing Protocols and Athlete Assessment
    Ernie Rimer and Jo Clubb

    Chapter 4. Sport-Specific Program Design Guidelines
    Megan Young, Garga Caserta, and Matt Howley

    Part II. Exercise Technique

    Chapter 5. Total Body Exercise Technique
    Scott Caulfield and Bryan Mann

    Chapter 6. Lower Body Exercise Technique
    Scott Caulfield and Bryan Mann

    Chapter 7. Upper Body Exercise Technique
    Ian Jeffreys

    Chapter 8. Anatomical Core Exercise Technique
    Cat Wade and Kevin Cronin

    Part III. Program Design Guidelines and Sample Programs

    Chapter 9. Off-Season Programming
    Julia Eyre and Ivi Casagrande

    Chapter 10. Preseason Programming
    Daniel Guzman and Joey Harty

    Chapter 11. In-Season Programming
    Melissa Terry and Matt Howley

    Chapter 12. Postseason Programming
    Ryan Alexander

    About the Editor

    The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is the world’s leading organization in the field of sport conditioning. Drawing on the resources and expertise of the most recognized professionals in strength training and conditioning, sport science, performance research, education, and sports medicine, the NSCA is the world’s trusted source of knowledge and training guidelines for coaches and athletes. The NSCA provides the crucial link between the lab and the field.

    Daniel Guzman, CSCS, is the head performance coach for Los Angeles Football Club. He previously worked as the head performance coach for the U.S. men’s national soccer team and as the head strength and conditioning coach for the LA Galaxy. Guzman holds a master’s of science degree in leadership from John Brown University and holds certifications from the NSCA and EXOS.

    Megan Young, CSCS, is the first team high-performance director for the Chicago Red Stars. Previously, Young worked for the Auburn University athletics department, where she was part of the strength and conditioning staff for 11 years. After working with the student-athletes in the baseball and football programs, Young became directly responsible for year-long programming and implementation of all strength and conditioning related activities for the women’s soccer and basketball programs. She currently holds certifications from the NSCA, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), USA Weightlifting (USAW), and USA Track and Field (USAWTF).

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