With the temptations that come with the Christmas season I thought all coaches – and I include myself in that – should be doing some crunching fitness exercises.
Fitness and Diet
Fitter teams win more games – it’s as simple as that. Of course, we know that most clubs will not have a fitness trainer or a well-equipped gym. But there is a lot you can do yourself. The drills in this section look at how you can help your players to get fit, stay fit, avoid injury and recover more quickly. How many times have you seen a close game decided in the last 10 minutes because one team is fit and the other is running out of energy?
Young players can often get bored by fitness exercises, they just want to play.
Using a combination of jumps is a great way to help young muscles get warmed up before a match.
This is a great little fitness drill that pits your players’ wits against each other. They must listen for your call and react to it.
Keeping your triangle of cones from the warm up above, you can use it to do a series of short sprints to prepare your players for a match. It gets the blood circulating in their legs and prepares them for the short sprints used regularly in game situations.
Nutrition and diet is an area we can all improve on and as football coaches we are in a strong position to influence players to become healthier to improve their football fitness.
This chasing game is great fun for your players but it disguises the amount of skill they need to use to make it work. It replicates the changing pace that players use in matches coupled with skill to fool the chasing player.
How? Simply by getting them to sleep more. A good night of sleep is vital to a football player’s physical and mental preparation for a game.
The best sessions are when you can get your players to use their skill, technique, fitness and most of all their concentration from the word go. Keep them moving and learning with this great exercise, says David Clarke.
Here are three truths that are worth remembering when trying to maintain fitness or recover from injury.