Soccer Coaching: Strength & Conditioning Specialist Mike Young

soccer-coach-strength-coach-mike-youngStrength and conditioning is back in focus this week. Soccer and track specialist Mike Young works extensively with the Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer as well as running the Athletic Lab, a top-notch training facility based near Raleigh, North Carolina.

Mike has a PhD in kinesiology with an emphasis in biomechanics. He’s worked across numerous American professional and Olympic sports, including with players in the NFL and in Major League Baseball.

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Key topics:

Technique Under Fatigue, CrossFit – Pros and cons, High fat, low carb, Paleo diets, Differences in metabolic demands of American football players versus soccer players, Rest and recovery – new directions, Back squat for sprinting athletes – Risks and rewards, Goblet squats