Importance of Core Strength
We’ve shared a number of exercises that can help you build core strength, so let’s now dive into the importance of core strength and how it impacts your overall soccer conditioning.
Soccer players are exposed to varying movements throughout the course of every match, and they rely on their core to absorb internal and external forces while helping them transfer power throughout their body and regulate their weight distribution. The core is comprised of 29 small muscles working together to stabilize the spine, pelvis, hips and shoulder girdle. Improving your core strength will enhance performance on the pitch in four ways:
Core muscles stabilize the spine and ultimately improve back strength. Athletes with stronger backs don’t have to rely on the rest of their body to hold their back up when fatigue hits. Core exercises also improve overall posture and allow players to stand taller and win more headers during the game.
Strength and Power
Strength and power is generated from core muscles, and these muscles help soccer players initiate explosive movements. This translates to the ability to take a quick first step, make powerful strikes and fight off attackers and defenders.
Maintaining balance is crucial to fending off opponents and performing advanced moves with the ball. Core muscles are the bridge between the lower body and upper body, helping each set work together while performing all soccer movements.
Soccer players are most often affected by leg injuries. A strong core delivers strength to the hips and lower back, giving players a sturdy base to protect against lower body injury.
Improve your overall soccer conditioning by incorporating core exercises into your routine, and make sure to check back for more fitness tips from Semper Soccer.