As many of you know, I’m writing a book on youth soccer fitness training, specifically for the 10-14 year old age group (the sensitive years).
The book includes over 100 exercises, from strength, to balance, to coordination, to activation. It’s a mixture of deliberate play, as well as structured exercises. After all, this age group needs both play and seriousness in order to learn movement patterns, namely, control of the lumbo-pelvic region.
Control and activation in the hips improves performance and reduces chance of injury.
I’m super excited to release this book this November, just in time for you to get for the holidays, read during the off-season, and execute next Spring with your youth athletes.
This week’s exercise comes straight out of my book. Enjoy:
Why It’s Beneficial:
– Activates the hip flexors, which help with knee drive during maximal sprinting. For soccer players, strong hip flexors help with the follow through (swing) phase of a strike.
– Activates the hip extensors, which help to stabilize the knee and reduce chance of injury. Hip extensor strength also critical for accelerating and sprinting.
If you want more detailed information on this exercise with more functional anatomy, you’re just going to have to get my book. ;-O