Many well-intentioned coaches avoid true speed work (above 95+% intensity) in an attempt to not expose their athletes to activities that might lead to injury. Unfortunately, this philosophy is a double whammy bad idea. Not only does it ensure the athletes will never get faster but it also means they’re not prepared for the high speed runs that will inevitably occur in a game. This is a recipe for an injury disaster. In this video from 2 days prior to our season opening game, I put the players through a speed focused warmup and some full out sprints and provide insight on my thoughts on how and why to incorporate proper speed training for soccer athletes.
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