Speed Kills

In my last post, I discussed the holy grail of soccer fitness (run fast, repeatedly, with minimal need for rest). The biggest prerequisite is the ability to run fast. If you aren’t fast, who cares if you’re able to maintain what little speed you have over repeated bouts. I want repeat sprint ability, not repeat slog ability. That said, I saw this great MLS feature on one of the players I have the pleasure of working with that highlights the benefits of speed on the ability to create scoring chances.

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Mike Young

Director of Performance at Athletic Lab
Mike is the Head Fitness Coach for the North Carolina Courage and North Carolina FC. He is also the owner and Director of Performance at Athletic Lab sports performance training center. He previously served as the fitness coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Carolina Railhawks. He has a PhD in Biomechanics, an MS in Coaching Science, and a BSS in Exercise Physiology and has coached Olympic and professional athletes in Skeleton, Track & Field, MLS and NASL Soccer, PGA Golf, NFL Football, MLB Baseball and Olympic Weightlifting. He has lectured around the world and authored 2 books and dozens of research and coaching articles.