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Muscles Used to Play Soccer

A soccer player needs to be fit in order to give his or her best performance on the field. While training and playing, many of the athlete’s muscles are involved, each one of them fulfills a simple function that combined turn a regular player into a great one if he or she exercises correctly.

Arm muscles

Even when soccer forbids using one’s hands and arms to touch the ball, with the goalkeeper being the only exception, this body part plays a huge part on a player’s performance because they are needed to keep balance while running and jumping. Strong biceps, triceps, and shoulder muscles can increase a player’s power to create better scoring opportunities.

Core muscles

This part of the body includes the back and abdomen muscles; it goes from the lower chest to the pelvis. Developing this particular area can decrease risks of back injuries and pain while giving stability to the lower extremities. Core muscles give athletes overall control of their bodies and stamina to complete their training and games.


These muscles are fundamental to make basic movements like walking and running. They are comprised by the anterior, posterior, adductors, the quadriceps, and the hamstring. They propel athletes’ to sprint while running, and also help keep a solid jogging rhythm during training and gym workout routines. Athletes will need to strengthen these muscle to be faster; the exercises may vary according to the demands of the sport they play. Soccer players develop these muscle to be stronger, faster, and perform powerful ball kicks.   

Leg muscles

Leg muscles go from the knee to the ankle, and many important joints are located in them, ones that allow soccer players to sprint, change direction, and control the ball movements with their feet. These muscles give athletes power and balance, from the thigh muscles to the calf ones, finishing in the heel, commonly known as the Achilles tendon, an injury prone area and therefore, one to pay special attention to.

Glute and hip muscles

Glutes and hips play an essential role in movements required for plays. The right hip rotation and strong glute tension can give more power when kicking the ball. Strong muscles in these areas can also help with dangerous falls because they can lessen the impact without further damage to important joints or bones.

An athlete’s body is like a well-oiled machine, but to reach its full potential, it needs to be shaped with the correct exercises, a balanced diet, and healthy lifestyle. Remember to always get enough rest and never overtrain for better results.

Physical preparation for soccer
Soccer practice not only has many health benefits, but it also helps us exercise specific parts of our body and keep it strong and flexible.

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