• Mental Toughness For Soccer: Be The Ninja


    November 1, 2014 By Mat Herold

    Mental toughness for soccer is huge. How many of us really get the most out of our abilities on a consistent basis? I know I didn’t as a player and achieving peak performance or at least playing well regularly was (and is)  an ongoing learning process. I have picked up  a lot of good stuff […]

  • Rebuilding Soccer Feet, Ankles, and Knees (Videos)

    soccer feet

    October 23, 2014 By Mat Herold

            Soccer Warm Up routine including rolling out the peroneals, getting some more ankle range of motion, and getting the glutes firing properly to prevent the knees from caving in and improve jump and landing mechanics. Soccer players who land and run with the knees caving in, often pick up runner’s knee with pain on the patella, maybe some […]

  • Agility Ladder For Soccer?

    germany ladder

    October 9, 2014 By Mat Herold

        The agility ladder is used by many soccer players and coaches around the world. Does it really make soccer players more agile? Does it make soccer players faster? In the following video I cover those topics. Please watch, and if it is useful to others, share it.          

  • Plyometrics, Imagination, and Preventing Power Leaks


    October 4, 2014 By Mat Herold

        Ballers of the World, below is a recent video I made on a group of exercises I came up with that are great for knee injury prevention and coordination. I also discuss the importance of imagination and creativity for soccer players. Lastly,  I comment on the role of the gluteus medius, TFL, and […]

  • Mindfulness for Soccer: Help From Sam Harris, Bruce Lee, and Freud

    soccer buddha

    August 26, 2014 By Mat Herold

    Several books and people have massively shaped the way I approach life and sports over the years.  Bruce Lee’s “The Tao of Jeet Kune Do”,  though I bought it to learn how to kick ass, ended up being my first exposure to how confining it is to think too much during sport.  A book called […]

  • 5 Soccer Strength and Power Training Tips

    harness soccer sprint

    August 13, 2014 By Mat Herold

    Soccer players are notorious for shunning the weight room.  This is a mistake on so many levels (like getting faster, staying healthy, not getting bitched off the ball, etc.).   Without a doubt, skill is what the game is all about, but athleticism is needed in order to execute the skills in the game.     […]

  • Soccer Speed vs. Soccer Quickness

    Fast: notice the muscularity for force output

    September 9, 2014 By Mat Herold

    Soccer is a sport that requires a balance of many physical qualities.  For now, I would like to define quickness and speed and talk about the similarities and differences.   Squirrels are quick. Horses are fast.           Quickness is defined as the ability to move the limbs rapidly.  It is a rather […]

  • Knee Injuries In The Soccer Player

    knee hab

    August 13, 2014 By Mat Herold

    Soccer player with knee pain?  I hope not.       Considering I’ve had a few lateral meniscectomies, an arthroscopic surgery where the surgeon removes a torn piece of meniscus (cartilage), I thought i would share a new study on soccer players with meniscus injuries.  The study looks at differences in medial and lateral mensiscectomies […]


    ronaldo mens health

    August 12, 2014 By Mat Herold

      The following is from the Fox Soccer Blog and can be found here: http://blog.foxsoccer.com/post/93442582652/mens-health-declares-cristiano-ronaldo-fittest-man   That’s a lot of muscle and not a lot of fat. (Image: @MadridSportsES)   Cristiano Ronaldo is shirtless again — we know, we know, you’re shocked — and this time it’s on the cover of Men’s Health magazine’s September issue. They’ve […]


    Ronaldo  getting up

    August 1, 2014 By Mat Herold

    Things that Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and the rest of Real Madrid are good at: Shooting soccer balls Passing soccer balls Heading soccer balls Running a lot Unfortunately for the team, only one of those skills translates to American football, and it showed when they took the field in Michigan: That’s […]