Soccer Flexibility Performance
Flexibility is an essential exercise for a soccer player, and specially at the youth level. It helps prevent injuries, muscle recovery, and preparation for the demands of the game. A proper warm, stretching, and cool-down is underestimated at the youth level. We all know about the impact and consequences, but still avoid applying them.
Anywhere you go, for a game or tournament, or any academy soccer camps, you will come across a team or a player not warming up properly. Coaches (role model and leader), need to make sure every player is properly stretching, and take every step necessary to ensure they are ready to compete. After all, it is the players responsibility to give flexibility the importance it deserves.
Players need to get educated on how to properly stretch, and warm up from the moment they enter the world of soccer. Coaches and trainers, have to apply all they have learned theoretically as well as practical. Soccer coaching goes beyond winning, as the importance lies on effectively applying every principle; but most importantly applying proper muscle preparation to avoid any injuries, and extend their presence on the field.