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Ibrahimovic, Drogba and Ronaldo are all able to shrug off defenders and make devastating runs into the box thanks to their explosive power. The ability to make sudden changes in pace, to jump higher and to accelerate past defenders can be a decisive advantage that can turn average forwards into star players. You can give your players this advantage with plyometric training.
One way of developing explosive power is to endlessly work out in the gym. Building up leg muscles is a great way to build strength and power, but it doesn’t develop the agility players will need to harness it in game situations. What’s more, time spent in the gym is less time spent with the ball developing technical skills. So the best type of training is one that builds strength, agility and technique at the same time.
Ball Orientated Soccer Training – Drills to Develop Explosive Power a special video series that shows you exactly how to run a plyometric session that will improve the strength, agility and technical skill of your players all at the same time. Featuring a range of plyometric exercises, from low to high intensity, along with progressions and coaching points, you will discover how to harness plyomterics to give your players the power and agility to speed past defenders, to win more headers and score more goals.
“Working with keepers and field players from youth through the college level, we continue to reinforce the importance of being explosive. This new video series on developing explosive power gives me great ideas on how to work with my playes to get them to another level physically. Coach Justin has done a great job of showing the principles of explosive power and I can readily add this component to teaching goalkeepers and make them better technically and athletically.” – Jim Wojtkun, Associate Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Baldwin Wallace University
“Discover how to harness plyometric training to develop a stronger, more agile and more flexible team”
Plyometric training first rose to prominence in the 1970s as a training method used by the East German Olympics team. Since then plyomterics has evolved from a training technique used by high jumpers and track and field athletes to one embraced by coaches in all sports. This is because the dynamic resistance exercises used in a plyometrics session have been proven to be a highly effective at improving muscle strength, agility and explosive power.
Plyometric exercises focus on training the muscles to exert more force in as short a time as possible. This is done by moving the muscle from a contraction to rapidly becoming extended. Dynamic resistance exercises which promote quicker extensions, or a ‘myotactic’ reflex, naturally improve the muscles responsiveness and power. The result is that players can jump higher, perform rapid changes in pace or direction and the strength to shrug off defenders.
While plyometrics offers many benefits for muscle strength, agility and speed, it’s important that players have a good ‘base strength’ before performing them. Consequently, the training session outlined in Ball Orientated Soccer Training – Drills to Develop Explosive Power are best suited to players with developed muscle strength.
“Gain insights from a strength and conditioning trainer with international coaching experience”
Author of Ball Orientated Soccer Training – Drills to Develop Explosive Power, Justin Cresser is currently the Assistant Technical Director at the Soccer Club of Toronto, where he designs youth development programs and assists in the education of coaches.
Cresser played semi professional for FC Sho de Bola in Hong Kong and studied at the University of Guelph, Canada, before swiftly moving into coaching. His first role was as assistant coach for the Varsity Women’s side, for whom he helped to produce several OUA all star athletes.
Cresser then moved abroad in 2009 to expand his coaching knowledge in Hong Kong. His first appointment was as a senior staff coach at the Brazilian Soccer School, were he helped to develop one of the most prolific youth academies in Hong Kong for two seasons. Under Cresser’s stewardship, the Brazilian Soccer School won numerous cup competitions, with the under 14 team winning the league.
While in Hong Kong, Cresser also took on coaching roles with the Panthers, an up and coming team in the Hong Kong women’s league, and with the Taipo Football Club, one of the top teams in the first division of Hong Kong’s professional league. Cresser then moved back to his homeland to take on the role of Assistant Technical Director at the Soccer Club of Toronto.
In addition to soccer coaching, Cresser continues to be a strength and conditioning trainer for both teams and athletes in a variety of sports. He holds and Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Cresser is the author of the best-selling Total Soccer Conditioning – A Ball Orientated Approach books.
What’s covered in Ball Orientated Soccer Training – Drills to Develop Explosive Power
Ball Orientated Soccer Training – Drills to Develop Explosive Power features a complete plyometric training session from start to finish. Starting from low and progressing to high intensity, Justin Cresser shows you how to develop the exercises with progressions to make them more challenging and beneficial for players. What’s more, every plyometric exercise is performed with a ball, which means players are developing their technical skills as well as their agility and explosive power at the same time.
The coaching session begins with a simple dribbling exercise before players are asked to jump over the ball. This is progressed with one legged hops up to higher intensity split squats. Throughout, coaching points are explained and Cresser highlights the key things to watch out for so that coaches can gain the maximum benefit from the drill.
Author, Justin Cresser on the training field
Now that players are warmed up, Cresser adds sprints and lateral jumps over hurdles, with a technical action with the ball at the end. This drill is then progressed with higher hurdles, single leg jumps and variations in distance and timing. While simple to setup, these exercises are a highly effective way of developing strength, agility and responsiveness that will provide a wealth of performance improvements on game day.
To raise the intensity even higher, Cresser implements additional hurdles, different styles of jumps, including lateral and zig-zag jumps, and volleying to add a technical element. By the end of the session the players will be performing high intensity plyometric exercises that will improve their strength, agility and their overall explosive power.
What you will gain from Ball Orientated Soccer Training – Drills to Develop Explosive Power
Since its birth in the 1970s, plyometric training has evolved to become popular among coaches in all manner of sports. Studies have shown that dynamic exercises are a highly effective way of developing muscle strength, agility and explosive power. Featuring a complete coaching session from start to finish, Ball Orientated Soccer Training – Drills to Develop Explosive Power shows you how to harness plyometric training for your own players so they can burst past defenders, win more headers and make incisive runs into the box.
From Ball Orientated Soccer Training – Drills to Develop Explosive Power you will gain:
While highly beneficial for improving muscle strength and agility, it’s important that only players with a good base of muscle strength undergo the full training session outlined in Ball Orientated Soccer Training – Drills to Develop Explosive Power. Consequently, although players of all levels can benefit from plyometric training, it’s recommended that the drills are used sparingly with young players. Senior players, on the other hand, are free to gain the dramatic improvements to muscle strength and power which the training session demonstrates.
“Ball Orientated Soccer Conditioning has opened my eyes into unique ways I can train my players to become fitter, faster and stronger athletes. With the way the game has evolved over the past 5-10 years, I require drills which will improve individual technique as well as athleticism.
Justin Cresser has created the perfect opportunity whereby I can train my players’ technique, fitness, power, strength, speed, agility, balance and coordination, all in one drill/session. Every drill is soccer specific and has a progression for every level of player/team. No longer do I have to send my players to the weight room or gym – I can keep them on the field and condition them with these soccer specific activities. Great ideas, thanks!” – Jon Collett, Sporting Blue Valley Girls U13-15 Director
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“Improve the strength, agility and explosive power of your players all at the same time with the ball at their feet”
Over the last couple of decades the principles of plyometric training have been adopted by some of the world’s top soccer coaches to improve muscle strength and explosive performance. In fact, many of the world’s elite players attribute their rapid pace and agility to plyometric training. Now you can discover for yourself the exceptional benefits of dynamic resistance training in Ball Orientated Soccer Training – Drills to Develop Explosive Power.
Cresser takes you through an entire plyometric training session from start to finish, beginning with mild warm-ups and then progressing to high intensity drills that will challenge and motivate your players. What’s more, all the drills are performed with the ball. This means that your players will be improving their technical skills, along with their muscle strength and explosive power.
So if you’ve ever wanted your players to replicate the defense splitting runs of Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Drogba, now you can find out how with this complete plymoetric training session. Give your players the strength to shrug off defenders, the ability to win more headers and to score more goals with ball orientated explosive power training.
P.S. Ball Orientated Soccer Training – Drills to Develop Explosive Power is a special video series featuring a complete plyometric session, from start to finish. First popularized in athletics, these dynamic resistance exercises will improve your players’ muscle strength, agility and technical skills all at the same time with the ball at their feet.
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