1st Edition

Warm-up in Football
Optimize Performance and Avoid Injuries

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after June 15, 2021
ISBN 9780367675059
June 15, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 546 B/W Illustrations

USD $39.95

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Book Description

Every football training session and match should begin with a warm-up in order to improve performance and reduce the risk of injuries.

Warm-up in Football provides scientific evidence for the effect of warming-up and describes how performance is closely related to muscle temperature. Furthermore, how the right warm-up prior to a match and at half time does improve the outcome in football.

This book provides a basic understanding of the value of warming-up and present a significant number of warm-up programs that can be used whether you are training professional, amateur or youth players. The warm-up programs and exercises are tailored to different training and match situations both on and off the pitch.

Highlights from the book include:

• New inspiring and effective ways of warm-up for training.

• Warm-up programs before matches.

• Warm-up programs to improve performance at the start of second half.

Warm-up in Football is critical reading to all who have an interest in the coaching and physiology of football.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Characteristics of Warm-up

1. Effect of Warm-up

2. Principles of Warm-up

3. Warm-up of Female Players

4. Warm-up of Youth Players

Part 2: Warm-up for Training and Testing

5. Preparation for Training

6. Warm-up without the Ball

7. Warm-up with the Ball

8. Warm-up Games

9. Warm-up for Speed and Power Training

10. Warm-up for Testing

Part 3: Match Preparation

11. Warm-up for Match

12. Re-warm-up at Half-time and before Extra Time

13. Warm-up of Substitutes

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Jens Bangsbo, PhD. Scient, has published more than 300 scientific articles and numerous book reviews and chapters and has written more than 25 books in the field of exercise physiology and football, of which most of them have been translated to more than 10 languages. He is former professional football player with more than 300 matches in the top league in Denmark and has played on the national team both as a youth and senior player. He has coached at the highest international level in football for Juventus FC, AEK Athens and the Danish national football team, and is currently part-time coach of the Italian club Atalanta. He is FIFA, UEFA and AFC instructor.

Casper Skovgaard, PhD, has written a number of scientific articles and has worked as football coach and fitness coach for a number of years. Casper is currently running the company "SoccerFitness" which he started with Jens Bangsbo in 2018.