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Why In-Season Strength Training Is Essential for Soccer Players

"In-season training is not necessary," one youth soccer coach once uttered to me. "My kid is too busy to make time for in-season strength training,...

5 Powerful Tips for Coaching Millennial Athletes

Nothing drives me more crazy than hearing adults despairingly utter the words, "kids have changed." I sure hope they have! The world has undergone ...

5 Soccer Training Drills Actually Worth Your Time

"Decelerate!" "Pump your arms!" "Sprint!" "Faster!" Ever heard a coach barking a rolling list of orders that actually made their players p...

High School Football Participation Numbers Hit Lowest Total in Nearly 20 Years

American high school football saw its lowest number of participants last year in nearly two decades. That's one big takeaway from the latest annual...

Coaching Kids? Use These 3 Tips to Connect With Them Better

Connecting with kids can be tough. Especially when it's been decades since you've been one. If you work with youth athletes in any role, understanding...

Should Anyone Still Be Doing the Oklahoma Drill?

Several months ago, we published an article outlining how the NFL had officially banned the use of the Oklahoma Drill. Judging by the comments we r...

How Contrast Training Can Create More Explosive Soccer Players

Speed training for soccer players is more than flying through sprint drills. It is more than strapping on parachutes. It is more than ladder dri...

Why Many Young Athletes Struggle to 'Play Physical'

In a recent piece, we outlined why roughhousing is one of the best activities for a child's developing brain and body, and how unfortunately, opportun...

The Simple Hack That Will Change Your Tackling Drills Forever

Tackling is a skill. Bringing down an unwilling opponent who's often moving at very high speeds takes technique and aggressive intent. Yet to prepa...

Why Kids Need to Roughhouse

Kids have always loved roughhousing. Boisterous, physical play is ingrained in their DNA, and when you get two or more kids around each other for l...

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