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 Soccer Conditioning : 3 Things You Must Know 
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Soccer Conditioning : 3 Things You Must Know
by: Andre Botelho

You've probably heard it a hundred times that it is a good idea to alter the intensity in soccer conditioning on days following a competition. The result is an improved attempt in a match and a similar result in a workout. The coaches prefer to remain uncertain in their approach, anytime they are nearing a competition.

Talking about training, follow the policy of “less is more” whenever a competition is close. You can maintain high intensity levels while cutting down on number and time of drills. It conveys the required motivation to keep up with the performance. Coaches would do exactly the reverse.

What they do is enhance the intensity and number both resulting in negative effects of training and lot of strain. Because of this, on the day of the match, players are not totally fit.

It applies to post match soccer fitness as well. The players tend to feel tired, stiff, and experience pain after the match, depending upon the duration of the match. So it’s essential to carry out a workout session, the very next day, aimed at helping players recuperate. This will help the players get back to their normal self helping their muscles to relax.

At the same time, see that the sessions are not very broad. Usually, 15-30 minutes is what is required to do these workouts. Acting in response to the stress that arises during the match should be the goal.

It’s a good idea to do some cool down workouts after the match to recuperate. This form of soccer conditioning is effective in cooling the body while at the same time keeping the blood flow normal. In addition to static stretching, add some light activities too such as shuffling, skipping, and carioca.

When the players get back home, taking a hot or cold shower is a good idea which relaxes the muscles and helps them recover.

To reduce the ill effects of training, initiate some recovery sessions during, between, and after the soccer exercises. If the sessions are long and weary, it will lead to less quality in performances and exhaustion.

As the workouts become advanced and the training sessions progress, the strength required for the session should decrease. This will condition the body for the forthcoming session.

On days that the players do heavy training or soccer workouts, follow it up with light training. There should also be a rest day in between. The training sessions must always end with cool down and stretching exercises. Make the players do light movement drills, self-massage, as well as body stretches in this session. This will deal with the soreness in the muscles due to breakdown of muscle tissues.

Now, you know it! Incorporate these post match/workout soccer conditioning tips into your sessions and you will have a team that is fit, injury-free and full of energy, always. Our youth soccer coaching community offers resources such as articles, newsletters, videos etc. You gain from them by registering today.

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