I had a revelation at the start of off-season soccer training yesterday: kids don’t move enough in the frontal plane.
Ask them to perform a lateral lunge, and they cringe as they groove into the movement.
Ask them to look over their shoulder, and they’re still looking down at their phones.
Ask them to perform a lunge and tilt stretch, and they lose balance and fall over.
Ask them to side shuffle, and they fail to keep their hips square.
Needless to say, there’s a lot of whacky stuff happening in the frontal plane with youth athletes nowadays. So this begs the question: are we doing too much saggital plane work?
Sure, this could apply in the weight room, as we are doing a lot of squats, pull ups, push ups, and deadlifts. But what about real life? When kids are looking down at their phones or watching TV, they are only living in the saggital plane.
Don’t get me wrong, the saggital component of training is excellent and should be the bulk of a comprehensive strength and conditioning program.
But if we ignore the frontal plane, we can never improve our athletes’ lateral movements, speed, and multidirectional acceleration/deceleration.
Here is this week’s Exercise for Confidence:
– Improves lateral acceleration and deceleration.
– Excellent progression to bodyweight bounding, and good for athletes looking to improve their power output as they gain more strength.
– Great for anterior core work with the front loading of the medicine ball.
If you want a more extensive piece on the benefits of frontal plane exercises + some new drills to try, check out this article.