Physical Preparation for Soccer: Dynamic Flexibility

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Dynamic flexibility training is perhaps the most undervalued component in the physical preparation and conditioning of soccer players. It is a form of active-stretching strength training beneficial to propelling muscles into an extended range of motion and increase muscle elasticity; thus enhancing the efficiency of the nervous system. As a result, this form of flexibility training prepares the muscles and joints in a more specific manner because the body is replicating motions it is likely to repeat throughout performance. Accordingly, the main aim of a dynamic flexibility practice is to complete both physical and mental preparation for the dynamic actions to follow. Soccer players should begin all practice sessions and matches ready to perform at maximal intensity.

In addition, dynamic flexibility increases range of movement, blood and oxygen flow to soft tissues prior to exertion. The most common examples of dynamic flexibility include high knees, heel flicks, carioca, knee hugs, lunges and kick outs.

Physical Preparation Components

United Soccer Academy’s Physical Preparation program consists of 8 key components:

Speed Agility Quickness Reaction Strength Power Plyometrics Dynamic Flexibility

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