Short, Fast Intervals will help you have energy for later in the game!
By John De Witt Head Sports Performance Coach, Houston Dynamo Academy
An excerpt from Amplified Soccer Athlete Magazine
Soccer is a series of high intensity runs, like sprinting, that are separated by some lower intensity activities, like jogging, walking, or standing. The best players are the ones that can continue to perform high intensity activities later in the game. There have been numerous studies that investigate the speed and distance covered by soccer players. In a study I worked on, we found that English professional players cover on average over 11 km per match, with up to 1200 m (3/4 mile) covered while sprinting. Others found that teams that tend to win also tend to cover more sprinting distance in the last 15 minutes of the game than those who lost.
If the solution is to run faster later in the match, then why doesn’t everyone just run faster? This is because your body relies on different energy system...