Here’s a nice recent video of a Real Madrid warmup. This looks strikingly similar to some of the general warmups I use with the Vancouver Whitecaps….starting with some general movement, becoming increasingly more multi-directional with turns, cuts and so forth; then adding some static flexibility exercises in; followed by some dynamic mobility and more dynamic / faster movements.
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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.
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Overall good video and I like the basic progression and follow it with youth and high school players I coach. That said I still question the static portion and its worth. Granted most of their static exercises lasted only a few seconds so it wouldn’t produce the typical problems identified by studies showing the negligible and even negative effect of static prior to training. So why have it in the warmup (I can see prior to match when there is downtime in transition involving all the pre-game activities in locker room and heading out to the field.)
One other pet peeve…and maybe it is just the track coach in me but why are teams still doing the butt kick drill and standing quad stretch. It is bio mechanically incorrect to both running and striking (the leg is never in that position) so it reinforces one of the most common flaws in runnin form, and it doesn’t effectively stretch the quad only potentially destabilizes the knee joint.
[…] play off of Mike’s post?earlier this month, here is another nice warmup video. This one is from Arsenal. This short warmup […]