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Two Great And Simple Leg Exercises
Submitted by Chris Phillips on January 13, 2014
Performing leg strength and stability exercises are key components to improving performance and limiting injuries on the soccer field. In today's busy youth sports world with club and high school practices and games, private training and let's not forget school, time can become a factor. There is not always time to get to the gym or even better to a professional Strength Coach or Athletic Trainer to get your work in. If this is the case, you need to make a little bit of time before or after practice or at home to make sure you perform at your best and remain healthy. The following two exercises can be done with only a soccer ball and only needs about five minutes to complete. The exercises will strengthen the quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes and also help stabilize the knee joint. The two exercises are a single leg squat with a ball reach and a single leg straight leg dead lift with a ball reach.
Perform 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions alternating between exercises. Ideally, perform the exercises following practice or if needed before or on an off day and perform the exercises 2-3 times per week. The videos below will show the exercises.