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Integrating Plyometric Training for High School Soccer Athletes – Part 1

by Rui Liu, CSCS, Brian Gearity, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D, FNSCA, and Clayton Kuklick, MA, PhD, CSCS
NSCA Coach March 2021
Vol 7, Issue 4

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In the first of a two part series, this article will briefly highlight the main components of a needs analysis and apply it to the context of soccer.

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This article originally appeared in NSCA Coach, a quarterly publication for NSCA Members that provides valuable takeaways for every level of strength and conditioning coach. You can find scientifically based articles specific to a wide variety of your athletes’ needs with Nutrition, Programming, and Youth columns. Read more articles from NSCA Coach »

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