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Running Mechanics For Soccer Speed

Before you can increase your speed & acceleration on the field, you must first have the running mechanics to do so. The fact of the matter is that many soccer athletes, by nature and skill, already run faster and have better foot mechanics than most other athletes. But many of them fail to further enhance their running speed and get to that next level because they don't have a full grasp of running fundamentals. Sometimes, all a soccer athlete needs to increase speed and acceleration is to work on the basics, such as proper arm action. That is why I believe that the running march is a great way to work on this. While it doesn't work on acceleration directly, the running march slowly teaches you how to properly coordinate your hips with your arms, which is essential to proper running. The keys to performing this drill are to focus on driving your knees waist high and to use proper arm action with your hips. Keep your elbows bent around 60 to 90 degrees and coordinate your arms such that they are opposite your legs while performing the march. See the video below to see how this drill is performed. Make this a part of your warm up to encourage proper running form before you start your training session. 

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