“Wellness is the compete integration of body, mind, and spirit – the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being.” Greg Anderson
Science can provide information on the significant link between the body and the mind.
Being a soccer player your body requires proper recovery, stretching and injury prevention strategies. A body that moves well, can play consistently game after game. You will have to decide on your own development. Answer these two questions to begin this section.
Do you build the MIND to build the BODY
Do you build the BODY to build the MIND?
In Mental Four we will examine some very common fitness principles, but from a neuroscience point of view. It may help you to know how mental training is linked to physical fitness and overall health.
Several athletes have been exposed to my classes called: Mental Movement ™. Athletes are moving and talking using phrases, power words and challenging speech with memory and motor mechanics. My many years as a personal fitness trainer lead me to acknowledge that my work was mostly about what to say and how to encourage a person, rather than what weight to use in the gym or how much cardio a person was doing. I learned to build the whole person starting with the connection between the mind and the body.
This section of the program should give you incentive to highlight these physical elements as a foundation for: focus, calmness and control of your thoughts.
When you train the body you train the mind. When you train the mind, you train the body.
There are 27 concepts in Section(4) four. Please consider as you train pre-season, in season and post season that your mind and body need a connection. Does a soccer player ever take time off? Coach Lorie advises that once the formal soccer season is over, all athletes keep a basic wellness program going as well as play other sports that are related to full body coordination and high reflexes. Use other muscles, challenge your athletic skill set and have fun.
Players in the off season may enjoy:
Swimming: The hydrostatic pressure of the water is great for recovery of injuries, endurance, and overall power. Many of my soccer players will jog in the pool and tread water for range of motion and explosive power in warm water pools. See Coach Lorie’s Water Work Outs in a book called: “Living Well to 100” by Dr. Darlene McCord, Chapter Eight.
Tennis: The lateral motion of tennis is very similar to some soccer moves. Using a tennis racquet on a high paced ball is excellent for agility in addition to other racquet sports such as squash, racquetball and badminton.
Golf: Excellent for upper body power as well as mild cardiovascular, exhibiting patience with various strokes and also the skill of relating distance in space and time.
Juggling: Several objects for fun, engaging the body to focus on more than one thing. Learn this with your hands first and then see what happens when you put your feet on the ball after juggling. You will see the tempo pick up like crazy!
Trampoline: For cardio and leg endurance, builds hamstring and allows for you to also create a stride while running and great headers in the air as you jump straight up! As the foot pushes against the trampoline you are creating a good amount of pressure on the calves as well for development.
Dancing: For rhythmic movements, coordination, reflexes. Any style, any time. Full body movement release stress and tension, and help you feel pumped for a game!
Keep FIT with other MOVEMENTS to FIRE UP the SUPPORT MUSCLES
Take the Pressure off of hips and low back, move differently.
Enjoy a new movement that make the brain set a new pattern
“The physical state of the body is a doorway of the inner mind”. CLP
Inner Mind soccer players can work on all these characteristics so that you are not missing any part of your game. Often athletes work what they are good at. You will see some soccer players avoid other areas like flexibility, power or agility that are required for full soccer bodies to develop. Let’s take these one by one so you can see how vital the mind/body connection is. Please review this list and also circle the areas that you feel as a soccer player you need to work on. GET READY to CONNECT.
- Range of motion
- Reaction Time
- Reaction Speed
- Motor Control
- Sight line
- Posterior Muscle Strength
- Kinesthetic Awareness
- Explosive Power
- Strong Body Control
- Strong Upper Body
- Muscle Recovery