Training Setups for the Substitute Player

Most of the weekly training schemes we see are planned around the starting 11. While, of course, it’s important for training weeks to be planned with the intention of the team’s starting players being the most prepared (or least fatigued) on match days, but if substitute players aren’t handled differently, this can quickly become anContinue reading “Training Setups for the Substitute Player”

How to Create a Session Load Predictor

In team sports it is now commonplace to have GPS wearables and different camera systems to track specific metrics such as distance covered, high intensity runs, etc. This has become a great tool in the ability to monitor a team of athletes much more closely than what was once not possible. With this GPS dataContinue reading “How to Create a Session Load Predictor”

Aquatic Regeneration: 3 Benefits We Use to Our Advantage

Recovery days are just as important as training days – arguably more so because without recovery it’s near impossible to continue to train hard. Recovery methods (depending on the sport) can range from stretching, foam rolling, tempo running, bodybuilding circuits, pool workouts, massage, thermotherapy, cryotherapy, and many more. Depending on the sport and athlete(s) inContinue reading “Aquatic Regeneration: 3 Benefits We Use to Our Advantage”

Research: Can Well-Developed Physical Qualities Reduce Risk of Injury?

Tracking player volumes throughout the season is just one piece to the monitoring puzzle, but can be an important one. This particular study looks at volumes of high speed running (HSR) and the risk of injury associated with specific volume ranges of HSR. They found that high speed running volumes below 675m per week hadContinue reading “Research: Can Well-Developed Physical Qualities Reduce Risk of Injury?”

What A Week Of Our Daily Dashboard Looks Like

A daily dashboard should be the place you can get an overview of the most important metrics in one quick glance. What is important to some teams, may not be as important to others. We are using the Catapult GPS system and while I could create a bunch of different charts to see the sameContinue reading “What A Week Of Our Daily Dashboard Looks Like”

Research: Maximal Speed as a Protective Mechanism

At Orlando City SC, we have an MLS team, an NWSL team, and a USL team. The great thing about this is that we have a lot of personnel to share ideas among the teams. The men’s assistant fitness coach passed this research paper along to me and it backs up the idea that I wroteContinue reading “Research: Maximal Speed as a Protective Mechanism”

Improving Strength and Power in the Weightroom

I feel like this topic has been written about hundreds of times, but I really think with all of the information and content on the internet, misinformation is at an all-time high in many, many sports. While I realize many people wouldn’t classify soccer as a speed/power sport in a classically defined sense, but theContinue reading “Improving Strength and Power in the Weightroom”

Nordic Hamstring Exercise and Associated Muscle Architecture Changes

There’s an ungodly amount of data and published research that shows hamstring strains are among the top injuries in sport. Reviews cover that introduction over and over so I’ll save you the few minutes of reading another intro and skip over to the meat of this blog. If you do want to get a quick introContinue reading “Nordic Hamstring Exercise and Associated Muscle Architecture Changes”

The Need for Maximal Velocities in Training

I’m big on speed for soccer. I don’t know a player or a coach that wouldn’t want to be faster or have their team be faster. In many practice scenarios though, players don’t get exposure to maximal intensity / maximal velocity sprints. If players don’t see regular (1-2x week) exposure to maximal velocity in practice, it can cause a couple things to happen…