Trainers & Coaches
There is No True Athlete
The question of the best athlete in the world is more complicated than medal counts.
Soccer’s 2 Mile Sprints Are Brutal
Research into women’s soccer shows players running for over 10 km per game and sprinting for nearly 3 km.
Breaking Muscle HQ
Vitamin D in Elite Athletes: The More the Better
Researchers wanted to see how vitamin D levels correlated with power, speed, and cardiovascular ability in elite soccer players.
Creatine Works for Soccer Players, Too
Creatine is known for its benefits for weight lifting, but how does it affect performance on the soccer field?
3 Reasons Americans Should Love Soccer and 3 Reasons They Don't
Major League Soccer is becoming more popular in the United States, but it faces an uphill battle in winning over the hearts of Americans. Here's why.
Eric C. Stevens
2010 FIFA World Cup Goals of the Tournament (Video)
Now that the 2014 FIFA World Cup is in full flow, here are some highlights from 2010.
Breaking Muscle HQ
Plyometric Exercises Improve Athleticism in Youth Soccer Players
A new study found adding plyometrics into an adolescent soccer program improved the players' performance in general physical fitness assessments.
Should Kids "Participate" or "Compete" in Sports?
Would Michael Jordan have become so great if he weren’t dropped from his high school basketball team? What would have happened if he was kept on the team simply because he was entitled to it?
Strength Training Improves Change of Direction
Change of direction (COD) is a major component of performance in many sports, and a new study shows strength training can make athletes much better at it.
3 Yoga Poses to Strengthen the Hamstrings and Protect the Knees
Try these poses to keep the hamstring engaged when it is stretching. Even if you are not hypermobile, you can benefit from strengthening this muscle group and learning not to lock out the knee.
You Need to Do More Than Play Your Sport to Be Better at Your Sport
It's common to hear coaches say the best way to get conditioned for a sport is to play that sport. New science proves that idea false and shows a need for structured training.
How Length of Round, Period, or Play Can Change a Sport
Ever wonder how soccer would be different if periods were shorter? Or what if an MMA fight were two rounds longer? How does this affect both the athlete and the game?
How Bad Is a Hit to the Head? Very, Says Science
We've heard football is dangerous when it comes to concussions. Turns out soccer players are at higher risk for ALS, too. And MMA fighters? Well, that one seems pretty obvious, right?
Science Says: Soccer Is Good For Your Heart
Suffering from high blood pressure? Hit the soccer field! New research says playing soccer a couple hours each week is good for your heart, and specifically for high blood pressure in men.
Unweighted Treadmill Training Increases Performance, Decreases Injury
Researchers put a "bodyweight support system" to the test on competitive soccer players. It makes them lighter, but did it help performance? Did it decrease likelihood of injury?
Combo Resistance-Plyometric Training Increases V02 in Soccer Players
A study was performed to investigate the effect of a 10-week combined resistance-plyometric training program on muscular strength, running economy, and VO2 max in female soccer players.
Training in Sand Has Increased Benefits Compared to Grass
A recent study compared the effect of sand and grass training surfaces during conditioning sessions in soccer athletes. Results suggest sand training can result in a greater physiological response.
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