Scientific studies have shown that the incidence of football injuries can be reduced by prevention programs.
Brisbane Force recommends the following;
1. WARM UP PLAYERS (all ages)
The warm up should include age related activities that use the same movement patterns as the activities to be performed during the session. Warm up exercises should begin at a low intensity and gradually increase to the level required in the activity.
- prepare the mind and body for the activity
- increase body temperature
- increase heart rate
- increase breathing rate
2. COOL PLAYERS DOWN (all ages)
- It is important to cool down players. A 2-3 minute light jog or brisk walk after a session will help remove muscle waste (lactic acid)
- Stretching during recovery can improve flexibility.
3. STRETCHING (all ages)
- The main purpose of stretching is to increase flexibility and maintain muscle balance on either side of a joint. Without stretching, muscles will gradually lose their flexibility and may fail.
- It is important to warm up muscles before stretching.
- Stretching for very young players should not be based on balance, sessions should be short.
- Stretching can also reduce tension.
- Relax the body and mind.
- Enhance body awareness.
- Promote circulation.
- Assist a player with co-ordination.
4. BUILDING CORE MUSCLES (14+ years)
- During the course of play soccer players accelerate, decelerate, jump, cut, pivot, turn, head and kick the ball. Soccer places many demands on the technical and physical skills of the player and, as a result, injuries can and do occur.
- Older players should build up their core muscle strength to prevent injuries and increase their power.
- FIFA have developed a program called “The 11” which helps players build up their core muscles.
5. DRILLS AND PROGRAMS
- FFA online skills test
Click here to Sign up for the UK FA skills dome ages 5-11 years.
- Survival Pack for Coaches
- SSG & Rooball drills
- Competitive junior drills
- Fernando Alvez GK Academy Tips
6. COACHES INFORMATION BROCHURES