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Great Lesson. From Robb.

Hi Coach,

I had a great time at the clinic last night.

I played soccer competitively until I broke my left foot at 14. I started playing again last summer and was amazed at how much I remembered and how quickly my fire for the game came back. Unfortunately, I tore my MCL in my left knee last summer, then recently Achilles tendonitis slowed my left ankle.

I am still recovering from the ankle injury and I knew my left foot needed work, but through your drills, I see that many "easy" moves for my right foot are almost impossible with my left. Now, I never have an excuse not the practice soccer, even without my team, because I know I need to work on my left foot.

Do you recommend that we practice certain drills at home or are there other things we should try in between clinics (such as juggling)? With SFSFL games cancelled last week and probably this week, I need some sort of soccer-related activity to satisfy my addiction.

Thanks coach! Your clinics are always fun, informative, challenging (even exhausting), and never fail to get me even more excited about soccer!

Robb W. Kapla

Thanks Robb,

For your kind words. They are the best reward for my job and more valuable than any soccer trophy I won in my soccer career.

Soccer is an addiction without a cure. You don't die but never heal!

These kind of injuries are clearly provoked by, not being in a good shape, not warming up and stretching properly before the game. Knees and ankles, can't support a big body like yours if not trained to do that under stress.

Juggling is good to improve confidence with the ball but doesn't add strength. You need to reinforce your muscles in the legs to make them hold your body under stress and not make your knees and ankles to do the whole job.

The figure 8 with the 3 cones, is the best to reinforce your ankle and knees, because it forces you to constantly change direction.

We don't realize that in a soccer game, we basically run straight. When occasionally we suddenly change direction it's something that we are not use to. That stresses knees and ankles in an unusual way. So, work in changing direction is fundamental to bring your left ankle back to life, but progressively.

All the foot work we do at the end of the lessons is very useful to, because both feet are constantly involved in staying in place, so ankle and knee are constantly involved diagonally as you turn.

Ciao, Coach Gianni
Posted on 10 Mar 2006 by coachgianni
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