The Complete Guide to Soccer Fitness & Injury Prevention: A Handbook for Players, Parents, and Coaches

The Complete Guide to Soccer Fitness & Injury Prevention: A Handbook for Players, Parents, and Coaches

The Complete Guide to Soccer Fitness & Injury Prevention: A Handbook for Players, Parents, and Coaches

The Complete Guide to Soccer Fitness & Injury Prevention: A Handbook for Players, Parents, and Coaches

Synopsis

What are the best fuel foods for soccer players? What training regimen will best prepare young soccer players and improve their resistance to injuries? This comprehensive guide to health and fitness for soccer players offers expert advice for soccer teams at all levels.

With decades of combined experience treating and training elite soccer players, exercise physiologist Donald Kirkendall and orthopedic specialist William E. Garrett Jr. present complex issues in an easy-to-understand format. The book addresses the physical and mental demands of the game, including the differences between boys' and girls' games and the differences in the levels of play in youth, college, and professional leagues; nutrition fundamentals, including food, drink, and vitamin supplements; physiology and training methods, with an emphasis on the basic elements of flexibility, speed, strength, and conditioning; and injury treatment and prevention.

For players looking to step up their game, for parents who want to keep their kids healthy, and for coaches seeking the advice of the pros, this guide is an indispensable reference to keep handy on the sidelines.

Excerpt

In the mid-1980s I managed to get myself on the program of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) to talk about nutrition and soccer. At that meeting I wandered into a scheduled, yet casual, meeting of NSCAA’s Soccer Journal and asked the editor, Tim Schum of the State University of New York at Binghamton, if the journal would be interested in some sports science articles. Tim said yes, and since then I’ve been writing about sports science topics as applied to soccer for coaches, players, and parents in various outlets like the Soccer Journal, Southern Soccer Scene, Active.com, the U.S. Soccer Federation website, and some fifa (Federation Internationale de Football Association) sources.

I have spent the last 10 years working for and with Dr. William E. Garrett Jr., and we have collaborated on many sports medicine topics. As is the case with most professionals in sports medicine, we have a sport of particular interest, and our joint interest in soccer is probably what helped draw us together. Dr. Garrett has the experience in the medical aspects of soccer, and my expertise is in the coaching and fitness side of the sport. When the concept of the book was in development, it was obvious that both of us should prepare the content. We decided that I should author the text, and Dr. Garrett would make comments based on his experiences as a team physician for high school, university, and U.S. Soccer national teams.

The goal in preparing this book is to help parents, coaches, and players be better prepared for the physical aspects of the game. My experience comes as much from the exercise sciences and the clinic as from my days playing on the field, coaching on the sideline, and rehabbing in the training room. the text here expands on pieces I have written for various outlets. It is my hope that players will approach the game with more awareness of the role of fitness in performance and injury prevention, which will make the game more fun to play and more enjoyable to watch.

This book, to steal FIFA’S motto, is “for the good of the game.”

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