Leonidas Papadakis | Mental
During a match the requirements and needs make the sport profile of soccer as quite demanding. Fatigue has an increasing trend over time and its effects are becoming visible in the performance of football players.
The player is not only required to work with his or her body in dealing with the different situations of the match but also to continuously analyze data (team formation, team and opponent moves, playing time etc.) by choosing the best possible answer to achieve the goals of.
We have all experienced times when we are tired physically and at the same time we feel our minds "stopping". Physical fatigue has a major impact on brain function, making it difficult to make quick decisions.
If we want to train our footballers to cope with such situations, we must put them in such conditions.
On the days you want to base your training units on specific endurance, use the small side games method.
If, for example, we have games with numerical proportions of 5+2 v 5+2 at 4 x 4 ' with 2' stop at 40x40m, the intensity of the exercise varies from 85-95% of M.H.R.
This implies fatigue and creating the environment that we want to train our players.
During the 2-minute break, you and your colleagues quickly approach some of the contestants and ask questions where they need to answer with clarity and speed. Here are some examples:
- What is the weak side of our opponents on Sunday? (or another question from the team's specific tactics for the upcoming match)
- How much does 7 x 9 =? (or some other mathematical equation)
- With which formation the group of opponents plays in the small side game ? (or some other question about the small side game or the current training session)
Train your body while at the same time train your brain, not only by finding solutions for the game situations, but by overloading stress factors. Simulate the match conditions through your coaching contents and further improve your players performance.