Kevin's coaching philosophy is at the foundation of his success as a sports performance coach. Kevin has worked with professional soccer teams as well as with the Villanova men's and women's soccer programs. He is a fantastic resource for student athletes at Villanova. In this performance package...
Good posture is extremely important for all athletes. Soccer players are constantly pushing their body by changing direction, accelerating, and decelerating. Poor posture can result in injuries and poor technique. Pay attention to these exercises and improve your posture.
Here, you will learn the correct technique for the push up, the body weight squat, the single leg lunge, and the squat jump. These are key exercises that, if performed correctly and consistently, will help you become a stronger athlete. These exercises will be involved very often in your training...
Make sure you develop your technique for these exercises.
Every day these exercises can be included or added on to any training that you have:
2 x 10 Single Leg Reach
3 x 10 Push ups
3 x 5 Single Led Side Lunge
Breathing is not complicated but is often overlooked when it comes to training. The importance breathing has on performance and recovery should not be understated. Be mindful of your breathing while you train - it will make you a better athlete.
The longer you can exhale, the more your body will be able to tolerate carbon dioxide. This is critical to sports performance but also has huge health benefits.
Perform this exercise after a workout and it will double as a cool down recovery exercise.
Your body is capable of more than your brain gives credit for. Always be smart when you are training but know that you will, more often than not, be able to perform one more rep or one more run than you think you can. Be smart but be willing to push yourself.
1. Sleeping Pattern - Go to sleep at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. The health benefits to this practice are substantial.
2. Nutrition - Eat the healthiest food you can afford. This might be difficult if you are not in charge of your groceries, but do what y...
Warming up before working out is vital. However, you don't always need to spend ages on your warm up. This video shows you a warm up that only takes a few minutes to execute. Don't begin your workout if you feel like you need to continue stretching or warming up - you know your body better than a...
Always listen to your body. If you need to take more time warming up to prepare for a workout, don't hesitate. Avoid rushing into exercise without a warm up. This particular warm up is great if you only have a couple of minutes before your training session begins. It's short and hits the major mu...
These stretching exercises will prepare your hamstrings, groins, hip flexors, and quads for a tough workout. This entire routine only takes a couple of minutes and will help decrease the risk of injury from overstretching. Your leg muscles are absolutely crucial to soccer therefore significant ef...
This short routine is fantastic to do before a running workout.This is more extensive than the previous workout videos and will prepare you for more vigorous exercise.
Begin by focusing on your breath (more videos available on breath work).
This warm up will also work on the psoas muscle (Here's ...
More warm up exercises to add to your warm up routine. It's great to keep modifying your warm up - mostly to keep it interesting and engaging. Otherwise you run the risk of your warm up becoming mundane and boring. If this happens, it becomes easy to simply go through the motions of a warm up. Th...
This is a super quick, super easy routine that you can perform when you wake up, before a workout, or before bed.
Combine these exercises with other warm up routines from this series.
Listen to your body and don't do any exercise that cause pain. Know the difference between pain and discomfort.
Reps for this exercise should be between 10-15.
Make sure you are performing with proper technique.
This exercise can be paired with other exercises in this series.
After a day of intense speed training, make sure you allow time to recover. Performing strenuous exercises like these everyday will ...
Combine this exercise with other is this series for a complete workout.
Extensive exercises like these should only make up 5-15 minutes of your workout. If you are doing more than this you risk putting too much stress on your joints.
Allow sufficient time for recovery after a speed training workout.
Speed Training 7. Medicine Ball Extensive Rotary Throw
If you do not have a medicine ball, do not worry. This exercise can be replaced with body weight squats.
This is an exercise that you can build into your speed training program for further hip and core development.
If you do not have small hurdles, you can use shoes, water bottles, cones, or anything else that will not cause you injury!
This is a fantastic exercise to incorporate into your speed training program.
Find a hill, warm up, then sprint as fast as you can to the top of that hill.
Walk back down and take a minute or two to recover, then repeat.
Depending on the size of the hill, you should look to do between 3-8 of these sprints.
Make sure you allow enough time to recover after a workout involvin...
If you want to become a better athlete, it is important that you set goals for yourself. It's important that you challenge yourself to achieve those goals. You might not be able to do this every day, but you should definitely do something once a week that pushes you - whether this is physically o...
Strength Training 1. Total Body Workout (Emphasis on Upper Body)
Minimal equipment is needed for this total body workout.
Try to breath in through the nose throughout the whole workout.
Make sure you perform an adequate warm up before doing this workout (warm up exercises can be found in the Preparation Performance Package).
Squat jumps, push ups, single leg lunges... these are some great bodyweight exercises that can be used effectively to build strength. Often, people skip bodyweight exercises and head straight to the weight rack - you can get a great workout without any weights!
If these exercises are performed co...
6 exercises for a great workout. Density workouts are all about setting a time and trying to finish as many sets of exercises as you can during that time.
This is a great way to measure your progress. Aim to complete at least one more set of exercises the next time you complete this exercise.
Recovery should not be overlooked. It should actively be a part of any training program. In this video series, director of sports performance at Villanova, Kevin Miller, will provide recovery exercises and routines that you can add to your training program. These routines can be performed on your...
Mobility is crucial to soccer and is often overlooked when it comes to training programs. Ankle, knee, and hip mobility should be focused on as a soccer player. This yoga routine will help prevent injuries and improve your athletism.
While a foam roller will never replace the work of a manual therapist, it certainly has benefits that far outweigh the time it takes to roll out.
Foam rolling should not be painful. Watch this video to learn the basics of foam rolling to help maximize your recovery.
The breath is one of the most important tools for recovery. If you are stressed, you will often take short, sharp breaths. This is no good for your body and is certainly no good for athletes. Take some time every day to relax and focus on your breath (even if just for 30 seconds).
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Nature is fantastic. If you can, get outside, get moving and get some fresh air.
Focus on your breath and trust that these exercises will help develop your mobility and help you become a better athlete.
Working barefoot is fantastic for your body. Go barefoot as much as you can!
There are some great exercises in this video but as always, know your body and know the difference between pain and discomfort - do not do anything that is painful.
An off day doesn't have to mean no work. Recovery routines are great to add to your off days. Sleep, nutrition, and recovery exercises are the 3 key factors for recovery after a workout or game. If you can perform this routine barefoot, great!
Level of Academics - What level is going to suit you?
University should be a place that challenges you intellectually - it should push you out of your comfort zone and encourage critical and independent thinking.
With that being said, if you are pushed too far out of your comfort zone you could find yourself in a position where you are forced to dro...
Remember... Coaches speak to lots of prospective student athletes! Also remember that they will most likely be focused on their current season. Even if you are a top recruit, there is only a certain amount of time that a coach can dedicate to recruiting you. Keep your communication brief. Emails ...
Make sure you get a feel for the ball between your feet. Challenge yourself to perform this exercise without looking straight down at the ball - this forces you to get a real feel for the ball with your feet.
This will be the base exercise for this series so it is important to feel comfortable mo...
Push the ball out in front of you and stop the ball with the sole of your foot. You want to be able to turn when you do this while remaining in control of the ball and your body. This is a basic turn that allows you to change direction with the ball.
Follow along with this exercise and see if you can keep control of the ball. This drill uses all of the exercises that you have learnt in this series so far! You can perform this drill every day to improve your close ball control!
Skill 1 - Stanley Matthews (Big Toe - Little Toe)=
This move, named after Stanley Matthews, is a great move to deceive an opponent while you are on the ball. For this move to be used effectively, drop your shoulder and exaggerate your movement to the side you are faking to go (the side you go when you touch the ball with your big toe), then push ...
This is a common skill soccer players use to deceive their opponents. With this skill, you are faking to take the ball with your foot and instead stepping over the ball with your foot and taking the ball in the opposite direction.
This turn is different to the step over. This skill requires you to step over the ball in the opposite direction (with the inside of your foot first) and then take the ball in the opposite direction with your other foot.
Start with the ball in your hands. Throw the ball roughly 10 feet above your head. As the ball comes down, try to control the ball with your foot so the ball lands gently at your feet. Use both feet and throw the ball even higher to challenger yourself!
Find a wall you can pass against. Take a touch to control the ball then pass with the same foot. Use the inside of your foot.
Perform 5 passes with your right foot then change and use 5 passes with your left foot.