Every soccer player with good levels of fitness knows the importance of having a strong core and abdominals to perform well. Players should always be developing their core musculature using a variety of different core and ab workouts.
Soccer is a sport that requires vast amounts of athleticism, but it also needs athletes that are in peak physical condition. It’s no surprise that Cristiano Ronaldo, the player of the decade is in such good shape. Soccer performance can clearly be improved by improving physical conditioning and improving the core can be a large piece of that puzzle. Let’s have a look at 6 exercises you can use to improve your soccer performance.
The benefits of good strength and conditioning protocols within sports have been illustrated for decades now. Developing a strong and resilient core musculature is a huge part of these training protocols as they can be important in improving performance. Different disciplines require different types of adaptation, but all soccer players can feel the benefit from having a well rounded base.
When the full core musculature is taken into consideration and trained appropriately, it can have a large impact on mitigating injury for soccer players. Soccer requires vast amounts of impact, making joint stability in the hip joint, having a musculature lumbar spine and a body that can deal with a wide variety of compromised positions very important for an athletes developments.
Having a strong robust core can be the difference between being able to deal with physical contact without getting muscular soreness or not. If your body is strong it will mean the physical contact will have less of an impact and therefore improve both your recovery from training and match play.
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Yes. A strong core can help you as a soccer player by improving flexibility, balance and coordination while reducing risk of injury. Soccer players who focus on strengthening their core have better game performance because they have more power to throw into shots, faster speed, more agility and quicker reaction time to the ball.
A well balanced strength and conditioning programme that includes both strength, hypertrophy, core training, cardiovascular training is extremely beneficial to a soccer players performance and injury mitigation. This means that a vast array of exercises help soccer players, try and think about the principles behind the programming that help the performance, not the specific exercises.
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