Effects of Resistance Training in Girls Soccer Players

Published on April 18, 2018

One of our main goals in our girls soccer training program is injury prevention.

At age 12 I tore my ACL. It was the hardest thing, mentally and physically, that I have ever had to go through.

From the pain of the injury itself, to the rehab, and to overcoming the fear of being injured again once I stepped back onto the field.

I went on to have two other knee surgeries in addition to my first.

That meant a lot of time in rehab learning how to move my body and get stronger so that it wouldn’t happen again.

It had become such a big part of my life that I got my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and then went on to get my MEd in Physical and Sport Education.

So, needless to say, I am passionate about helping girls soccer players prevent those injuries so they don’t end up with the same injuries that I had to endure.

One of the best ways to prevent injuries is through resistance training.

Here are some of the positive effects of resistance training in youth athletes that not only help prevent injuries, but also improve their performance:

1. Increased Muscle Strength
*Which leads to decreased risk of injury

2. Increased Vertical Jump Performance

3. Increased Running Economy AND Sprint Speed

4. Increased Sport Specific Performance
*Girls have a greater training-related sport-specific performance gains compared with boys.

Being a part of Alpha Girl Soccer Academy is more than just becoming a better soccer player, it’s about being a strong, well-rounded athlete!

Not only do we work on getting stronger and moving properly in our sessions, but the girls know that every time I give them soccer homework, they will get a strength workout to do on their own once they’ve mastered the movements in our sessions.

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