Boston College Soccer
BC womenâ€™s head coach Alison Foley, athletic trainer Donna Bennett, and strength and conditioning coach Nick ÂAsermelly consistently keep their team in the NCAA Division I top 10. â€śSoccer is a great workout,â€ť Asermelly says, â€śbecause it encompasses so many aspects of physical training. No other sport combines creative and quick thinking with the multitude of body parts engagedâ€”itâ€™s cardiovascular, aerobic and anaerobic, polymeric, and muscle toning all in one.â€ť
Agility drills improve balance and reaction time to obstacles at high speeds.
â€śSoccer delivers a better body, without the boredom of training the individual muscle groups.â€ť
Forgo expensive, high-end cleats, which offer little support, and invest in something comfortable. Wearing new cleats in the shower will help mold them to your feetâ€”just stuff them full of newspaper afterward to dry.
Off the Field
â€śYour body will become what you teach it to be,â€ť Asermelly says. So vary daily sessions of full-field soccer with low-impact activities that donâ€™t involve poundingâ€”yoga, for example, or biking and swimming. Spinning develops quads and glutes. TRX classes, body blades, and stability balls stimulate and develop the coreâ€”crucial for preventing injury. Stave off ACL and MCL tears with regular resistance-training and walking.
Boston Ski & Sports Club Leagues $85â€“$120 per season, bssc.com.
With a variety of team sizes and levels of play, BSSCâ€™s indoor and outdoor soccer leagues offer year-round coed and single-sex options.
Check out “Home Team Workouts” to find out how other college teams in Boston get fit.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/article/2013/05/22/team-workout-boston-college-soccer/