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July 30, 2019

Tips for Training in Power Soccer

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Olivia Thompson
Scot Goodman

The power soccer community is growing, with more and more cities joining. WLKY reported that Patricia Rudd’s LouCity Power Soccer launch began after she saw the demand for the sport in the area. Other power soccer teams have similar stories to theirs. With more people entering the scene, knowing how to properly train for the sport is becoming even more important. So, this article will consider the best ways to train for power soccer.

Drills and simulations

The power soccer community is growing, with more and more cities joining. WLKY reported that Patricia Rudd’s LouCity Power Soccer launch began after she saw the demand for the sport in the area. Other power soccer teams have similar stories to theirs. With more people entering the scene, knowing how to properly train for the sport is becoming even more important. So, this article will consider the best ways to train for power soccer.

Valuing communication skills

Practicing technical skills is important, but it shouldn’t constitute all your power soccer training. A huge chunk in training for team sports is going over team plays and strategies. Because of this, communication plays a central role in any team sport, and it’s a skill that shouldn’t be underestimated. Successful teams are teams that know how to work alongside each other on the court. Jake Bell discussed how communication in power soccer is unique because the wide range of disabilities means people converse in different ways. Not everyone communicates through speech. Sometimes making use of head movements and eye contact, and understanding how your teammates best communicate is important as well.

Practicing at home

Having to wait for weekly team practice to train can be dull, especially if the team has trouble finding consistent training schedules that suits everyone. However, there are ways to train off the court in the comfort of your home. Cameron Broyles shares some ingenious ways to go about this requiring minimal gear and equipment. Simply creating a tether using a bungee or elastic cord tied to a power soccer ball wrapped around a basketball net can help practice spin kicks. It’s also a good way to train from a physical and mental standpoint when operating a Strike Force chair.

The Power Soccer Channel also shares some lessons (see video below) on chair control to help with periphery vision and transition skills. These are perfect exercises you can do at home to help improve ball control skills, passing and receiving. New training drills will be added over the course of the next few months, which will be a great help for those hoping to practice at home.

Continuously training for power soccer provides multiple benefits. Côté-Leclerc et al. discuss how regularly playing in an adaptive sport helps with the physical and emotional wellbeing of differently abled persons. Moreover, it can translate to success in other aspects of their life like employment in the future. Training in sports like power soccer serves as a form of occupational therapy, which could significantly lessen the need for formal therapy in hospital settings down the line. In Maryville University’s overview of the U.S. healthcare industry, they discuss how the impending shortage of primary care physicians is anticipated to reach at least 100,000 by 2025. Training for power soccer to support therapy is especially relevant now given the shortage of nurses and healthcare professionals in the industry. By seeing the health benefits that sports training at home provides, carers are more likely to advise against visiting hospitals, which can be very costly.

Not only does regular training improve your performance in this growing sport but it also provides opportunities to thrive in various fields as well. This is why it should be encouraged as often as possible.

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