August 13, 2019 4 min read

Summer is still there but it’s already pre-season time. Conditioning drills, technical drills and tactical drills are now a part of your daily routine to get fit and ready for the upcoming season. In this post we share 5 tips for you to make the most out of your pre-season training.

 

The importance of quality sleeping 

One can’t deny this is hugely important for athletes. Quality sleep guarantees you rest your mind and body adequately so you can be ready for what comes next. Specialists indicate the need of sleeping 7 to 8 hours a day. Some have different theories, such as former Manchester United Sport Sleep Coach Nick Littlehales. He recommends thinking and calculating your sleeping time in cycles and not in hours. Littehales defends that the human sleep has a natural 90 minutes cycle in which it goes from regular sleeping to REM. He says that in order to maximize your sleeping quality  it’s crucial to not interrupt those cycles. That’s why he recommends counting your sleeping time as 90 minutes cycles. One could even sleep less during a night if he or she actually added one or more cycles during the following afternoon or night.

 

You need a proper diet

The internet prompts us with a lot of crazy and alternative diets. Some might be actually good, but you should look for a professional nutritionist to develop the ideal diet for you. People are not all the same and what works well for one will not always work well for others. An adequate diet will be key for your metabolism. It will not only help to better recover  from demanding training sessions but it will also give you enough energy and nutrients to absorb all the positives the pre-season drills are creating for your conditioning.

 

The right training drills

If you play for a club you won’t need to worry about the training drills as that’s a coaching staff responsibility. Nevertheless, it’s fundamental to talk to your coaches and understand why this or that drill is important and what its benefits are. If you understand the purpose of doing something the probability of taking it more seriously increases. And remember: it’s critical to give 100% during training sessions.

If you’re conditioning by yourself we recommend looking for a football (soccer) personal trainer. These professionals will be able to create the ideal training sessions to maximize your potential and conditioning. Youtube offers a plurality of football (soccer) personal trainers videos with valuable tips if you need some virtual support or can’t afford a personal trainer.

 

Wear the ideal gear

This might be the most obvious one but it’s still important to be on this list. Temperatures are high during summer and the ideal clothing and accessories will play a big part in keeping you dry and comfortable during training sessions.

Look for lightweight gear able to not only keep you dry but also boost your muscle performance. At SAK we developed a compression clothes range indicated by key specialists as the best in the market. Shorts, Tank Tops, Long Sleeves and Trousers are available in different sizes and colors (black and white). Click here if you want to learn more about it.

Besides clothing, shin guards can play a part in that too. While in conditioning and technical drills you might be free from wearing shin guards, in team training you’ll need them. Look for lightweight ones that comfortably protect you. Once again, SAK shin guards rise as the ideal ones – being the choice of top footballers like Paul Pogba, Antonie Griezmann, Diego Costa, James Rodríguez and many others. Click here to take a look at our shin guards range.

 

Recovery time

Keep in mind that working your conditioning for football (soccer) is not only about what you do on the pitch. Training drills, gym and on field activities are important, but it only takes around 1 to 3 hours of your day. You still have up to 23 hours left and it’s important to make a good use of them so you’re in maximum physical and mental capacity when you’re on the pitch once again.

Besides sleeping and eating adequately you should give yourself a proper rest after your daily pre-season activities. Sports physios and conditioning coaches now recommend one of our products: recovery socks. SAK Recovery Socks are recommended to be worn for 4 to 5 hours after intense exercise. It reduces lactic acid build up in muscles after exercising, relieving stiffness and soreness, stabilizing and protecting muscles and tendons. Its graduated compression cuts recovery time by promoting the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the muscles. SAK Recovery Socks are comfortable and available in 3 different leg shapes – calf perimeters: Thin (< 34cm), Regular (between 35 to 40cm) and Wide (> 40cm). Click here if you want to shop or learn more about them (link Recovery Socks). 

Enjoy our tips, be focused and make the most out of your pre-season!


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