The Science

In 2003 the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports published the results of an interesting experiment. The goal of the experiment was to evaluate the effect of training the non-dominant leg of competitive soccer players versus a control group of players who continued their normal training regimen.

They selected 39 players from the same club and put 18 into the test group and 21 into the control group.The training intervention consisted of the experimental group participating in all parts of their soccer training, except full play, using only their non-dominant leg for 8 weeks.

Statistical testing on specific soccer moves and techniques revealed that the experimental group improved significantly more than the control group in their use of their non-dominant leg, as one would expect. However, somewhat unexpectedly, the control group also did better in the tests which used their dominant foot.

Such results suggest improving performance on the non-dominant leg also has the effect of reducing the negative drag a weak non-dominant leg can have on the dominant foot.

You will notice many of the miSoccer training videos require the player to practice each leg separately. It is with this concept in mind that we structure the sessions in this fashion.

"The findings also imply that training the other side of the body during a period of injury or disease might have a substantial effect"

"The practical applications from the findings in this experiment are obvious: soccer players and coaches should put more emphasis on the training the "wrong" leg in order to improve their soccer skills with both the right and left leg"

"Development of skills using the non-dominant side might also give more possibilities and a higher degree of security when choosing between actions on the soccer field. This might also explain parts of our findings."

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