With only four more weeks to go, it’s another week of hat tricks here at MAN v FAT Soccer UWA! Boys hitting their hat tricks this week include: Ullrich E (Rhinos), Michael L (Lime), Alastair M & Chris B (Man), Josh D (Marshmallow), Matt R (Roosters), and Ian MacD (Subs). Also joining the 5% club is Matthew C (Rhinos)! Great job boys! Let’s keep our weight-loss efforts rolling!
Four more weeks… In the last few weeks, I have noticed that some of you have picked up annoying injuries. In trying to continue our weight-loss rampage for the remaining four weeks, this week we are going to focus on injury prevention. We obviously want you to avoid injury so that you can enjoy your Wednesday night games and remain active at other times.
One of the things you can do is to perform injury prevention exercises (i.e., prehab). Soccer players are typically vulnerable to injuries such as sprained ankles and hamstring strains. To prevent injury, it’s important to exercise in order to strengthen the right muscles. Single leg exercises, such as the single leg glute bridge or the arabesque, are useful. These are simple exercises that can be done in the comfort of your own home–or even office–in a short amount of time. Check out these links on how to perform these exercises (and a few others): https://www.fourfourtwo.com/performance/training/5-injury-prevention-exercises, https://theprehabguys.com/soccer-prehab-exercises/
Stretching is another activity that is great for injury prevention. Tight calves, quads, and hips are recipes for torn and strained muscles. Make sure you stretch (especially after matches) to increase your range of movement and speed your recovery along. Try the stretches in these links to help you reduce your injury risk and start doing them while you have your match debriefs! https://www.completesoccerguide.com/soccer-stretching-exercises/, https://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2015/04/24/injury-preventing-exercises.aspx
On the note of injuries as well, Stephan our ref should have told you lads about making sure you wear shin pads when you play. I would like to reinforce that it is COMPULSORY to wear shin pads if you are playing. It is not only an OHS issue but it is about staying safe and injury free for you too! So do make sure you have a pair of shin pads on match night.
Thats all from me this week. Weather is looking pretty decent the coming week, so make the best of it and get some time in the sun! See you all next Wednesday!