Sydney FC’s Off-Season Training Plan

Sydney FC’s Head of Human Performance Dr. Craig Duncan has revealed a challenging off-season training plan as the players begin to focus on getting ready for the 2012-13 A-League season.

Sydney FC's Head of Human Performance Dr. Craig Duncan has revealed a challenging off-season training plan as the players begin to focus on getting ready for the 2012-13 A-League season.

"We trained them all of the way up to the Grand Final week and have just given them a couple of weeks off now," said Dr. Craig.

"We-ve got this five week period where we-ll bring them back to the level of fitness they were at the end of the season."

Then they-ll go onto another break and come back in for phase two of the pre-season which will lead us into the season."

During this time the fitness guru says the squad will learn different strengthening techniques off the pitch while the majority of the on-field work will be with the ball.

"We-ll be working on speed and speed technique and then in the afternoons we-ll be doing strength training over at the gym, all specific to football but just trying to get the players adapted to that."

The regime is designed to allow the players to maintain and build-up their fitness heading into the regular season.

"The training loads that we-ll be doing over the next five weeks will probably be quite similar to the first five weeks of a traditional pre-season," continued Dr. Duncan.

"We-ve got to make sure we don-t overcook them during this time and ensuring that they-re healthy and no injuries take place.”

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