The Complete Guide to Soccer Fitness and Injury Prevention

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

With clinical commentary by WILLIAM E. GARRETT
Copyright Date: 2007
Pages: 272
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    The Complete Guide to Soccer Fitness and Injury Prevention
    Book Description:

    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.

    eISBN: 978-1-4696-0297-4
    Subjects: Health Sciences

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-x)
    (pp. xi-xii)
    (pp. xiii-xvi)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. 1-24)

    Soccer has been called “the beautiful game,” as well as “the simplest game.” We can all identify with the description “the beautiful game”: quality soccer is beautiful. Most fans of the sport can recall specific matches or plays that bear out their definition of beauty.

    Most fans have more difficulty in describing just what makes soccer “the simplest game.” They may begin by pointing out that there are few rules. The laws of the game number only seventeen, and most of these define game length, field size, ball dimensions, player uniforms, referee duties, and the like; only two laws (#11—...

  6. CHAPTER 1 Nutrition and Fluid Intake
    (pp. 25-56)

    One of the most influential exercise physiologists in the United States is Dr. David Costill, recently retired from Ball State University in Indiana. He built his academic career around the study of fluid intake and nutritional support for exercise, and many of his students have carried on in his footsteps. After genetics and training, Dr. Costill would say that the most important factor in determining the performance of an athlete is nutrition. His teachings and research have changed the way that individual sport athletes (such as cyclists, runners, swimmers, cross-country skiers, etc.) eat before, during, and after training and competition....

  7. CHAPTER 2 Training
    (pp. 57-166)

    “Physical fitness” is an umbrella term for many factors that influence human physical performance. Some sports, like the marathon, require exceptional whole body endurance, but not much in the way of power output (play basketball with a distance runner some time—and laugh at their poor vertical jump). Other sports, like the 4oo-meter dash, require a high anaerobic component, speed, strength, and local muscle endurance. American football demands high strength, speed, and power, while gymnasts need great balance, neuromuscular coordination, speed, strength, and flexibility. Soccer is unique because there are so many different demands. Just what factors of fitness seem...

  8. CHAPTER 3 Injuries
    (pp. 167-242)

    Sports injury research has taught us many things, some obvious, some not so obvious. We know that two-thirds of all injuries in soccer occur to the ankle, knee, head, leg, or foot. So, teams should be prepared to administer first aid for ankle and knee sprains, strained (pulled) muscles, contusions, lacerations, and concussions. Research has also shown us interesting things about the rate of injury in players with prior injuries. For example, about half the players with ankle sprains had a prior sprain, and many of those re-injuries happened in the same season. The risk of a sprain increases dramatically...

    (pp. 243-244)
  10. INDEX
    (pp. 245-256)