You’ve probably heard it a hundred times that it is a good idea to alter the intensity in soccer conditioning on days following a competition. It results in a better quality shot in a match and likewise in the trainings. Coaches tend to falter in their approach when a competition is around the corner.
When a tournament is approaching, it is best to employ a “less is more” approach to training. Bring down the number and the length of drills but keep the level of intensity high. It suggests an apt amount of incentive to continue with the performance. Coaches act just contrary to it.
They increase the volume as well as the intensity and this leads to problems of over training and stress. As a result, when the day of the match approaches, the players are not a one-hundred percent.
It applies to post match soccer fitness as well. The players tend to feel tired, stiff, and experience pain after the match, depending upon the duration of the match. So it’s essential to carry out a workout session, the very next day, aimed at helping players recuperate. This has the effect of letting the player’s muscles rest and bounce back to their usual self.
Again ensure that these sessions are not extensive. In general, 15-30 minutes is more than perfect when it comes to the length of these workouts. The goal must be to counter the stress that occurred during the match or competition.
The most common recovery after a match is the cool down session. This sort of soccer conditioning is helpful in slowing down the body and controlling the flow of blood normal through the muscles. In addition to static stretching, add some light activities too such as shuffling, skipping, and carioca.
Once you leave the field and get home, taking a cool or hot shower (whatever relaxes you) does wonders to this recovery process.
To lessen the training stress, plan specific recovery sessions that must be undertaken during, between, and after the soccer exercises. If the sessions are long and without adequate gaps for recovery sessions, it will definitely lead to reduced performances and unnecessary fatigue.
As the training session progresses, the intensity of the activities should come down. This will help the body get conditioned for the next session.
Follow the days of heavy soccer workouts with light exercises on another day. Include a complete day off in between when the players can rest. The training sessions must always end with cool down and stretching exercises. In this, you can include light movement drills, self-massage, as well as body stretches. This will deal with the soreness in the muscles due to breakdown of muscle tissues.
So there you have it! Add these post match/workout soccer conditioning tips to your sessions and you will be amazed by the results of your workouts. Our youth soccer coaching community offers tons of soccer resources in the form of articles, newsletters, videos etc. Make a good use of them by registering today.