Soccer Conditioning : Tips On Post-Match Recovery
Article by Andre Botelho
I’m sure you’re aware of it that in soccer conditioning, it is somewhat reasonable to modify the strength of exercises on days following any competition. What you get as a result of it is a high quality endeavor in a match or exercise. 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. Keep the intensity levels high but reduce the duration and number of drills. It conveys the required motivation to keep up with the performance. Coaches act just contrary to it.
The problems like overtraining and constant worry show up only because they increase the quantity and intensity both. For this reason, the players are not at their physical and mental best on the day of match.
This is also true for post match soccer fitness. After a match, depending upon the number of minutes it has lasted, the players are fatigued, stiff and sore. It is therefore extremely important to conduct a recovery workout the next day. This has the effect of letting the player’s muscles rest and bounce back to their usual self.
At the same time, see that the sessions are not very broad. In general, 15-30 minutes is more than perfect when it comes to the length of these workouts. The objective should be to respond to the strain that shows up in the match or competition.
The most common recovery after a match is the cool down session. This type of soccer conditioning goes a long way in cooling down the body and also keeping the flow of blood normal. Include light movement drills such as shuffling, skipping, and carioca, combined with some static stretching.
Once you leave the field and get home, taking a cool or hot shower (whatever relaxes you) does wonders to this recovery process.
To reduce the training related anxiety, conduct 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 training session progresses, the intensity of the activities should come down. This help the body get ready for the upcoming session.
After the days that include heavy soccer workouts, make the players do light exercises on the upcoming days. There should also be a rest day in between. All sessions must be accompanied by cool down sessions. Make the players do light movement drills, self-massage, as well as body stretches in this session. This will effectively cure the soreness in the muscles due to tissue breakdown.
So there you have it! Include these post match/workout soccer conditioning tips in your regimen and you will have a team that is fit and ready to win. Our youth soccer coaching community offers resources such as articles, newsletters, videos etc. Make a good use of them by registering today.
About the Author
Andre Botelho is a recognized authority in Soccer conditioning and has already helped thousands of youth coaches to dramatically improve their coaching skills. To explode your players’ skills and make training fun, download your free Soccer Fitness ebook at: Soccer Drills.