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It is a given you will do the big things, the speed development, the foundation strength work, the specific endurance and the technique work. Those are the things that take thirty to forty minutes to do. But there is more. It is the little things, the remedial exercises, and the special individual modules that athletes need. You must address those. To accomplish this, think bite sized chunks. Construct modules that will accomplish what needs to be done in ten minutes. For example once in a pro soccer situation I designed a pre-warm-up of three exercises that the players had to day before they put their boots on. It was transparent injury protection because I knew that before they did formal warm-up they would be doing “stuff” with the ball, some of it pretty vigorous that exposed them to groin injuries. It took five to seven minutes, it was enforced and it worked, no groin injuries. I have found that are willing and coaches will approve of these small bouts of very specific work designed to address specific needs. Place them strategically to optimize their benefits. Think, a little bit more often, as opposed to big blocks of time that you will not get. To reinforce the point the point I have been making quite often lately, training is cumulative. It is surprising how quickly minutes turn into hours.

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Comment by Keith Fine on March 4, 2011 at 11:04pm
I like it!

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