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Soccer Headers

Soccer players are often faced with a situation where they have to come in contact with the ball while it is still in the air to prevent the opposing team from gaining access to it. This is where the ability to head the ball plays a key role in being a successful and in-control soccer player. Soccer headers require great body control, strength, accuracy, and endurance. When heading the ball, players must remember the most powerful portion of the head is the front, forehead area and need to have the ability to jump high, use the entire body to push the ball in the intended direction, and land safely.

The Myosource Kinetic Bands will enable soccer players to prepare the body for the vigorous and strenuous movements involved in heading the ball. Training with the resistance bands enables soccer players to warm up, stretch, and practice heading the ball without any restrictions.

Soccer Header Variations

Directional Header

The idea of sending the ball in a specific direction is for the player to know where they want the it to go when they head it. Having body control, flexibility, and balance is important for heading the ball in a certain direction in order to successfully pass to a teammate, prevent the opposing team from gaining control, or take a shot on goal.

Soccer Header: A Soccer Player Using his Head to Control the Ball

Standard Header

It is important for soccer players to first learn how to approach the soccer ball and get a clean, powerful hit when heading the ball. During a basic soccer header, players have to make sure the shoulders stay level and balanced so that the forward head swing is controlled.

Flick Header

A flick header is when a soccer player heads the ball with the back of the head, usually to prevent it from going out of bounds and bring it back on to the field. The goal of this header is to confuse the opposing team’s goalkeeper and pass the soccer ball to a teammate that is in the appropriate proximity to make a shot.

Diving Header

Diving is a skill that soccer players must become accustomed to in order to fully get the body in the approach of the soccer ball. In order to perform a diving header, soccer players must have strong arms and shoulders so they can use them when they land to prevent injury.

Glancing Header

When a player is performing a soccer glancing header, the head will be faced in the direction of where they want the soccer ball to go. The goals of this header is to change the direction of the soccer ball, pass to an open teammate, or head the ball towards the goalkeeper.

Jumping Header

The soccer jumping header is a header players often use when there is a corner kick. It is important for players to realize that jump timing is essential in order for this header to be successful. As the ball approaches, the soccer player will jump, drive the body forward, and head the soccer ball while in the air. The player wants to make sure to rotate the hips and body in the direction of the intended target on the soccer field.

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