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5/2/2014 10:39:08 PM - BRIAN
Mark my son is 19yrs old and a college soccer player with good strength and decent speed who wants to take it to the next level after college. What do you think of the speed encyclopedia by travis hansen? should i buy it or the applied sprint manual by the thinker. if you had to buy one which one is better in your opinion. also tier training by big joe kenn is it useful for soccer players . thanx in advance for your knowledge


Thank you for your question and I will do my best to answer.

As far as your son going to the next level in soccer, this is a tough question. Professional soccer leagues may not have as many levels as say baseball or many developmental leagues. In addition, its one of the few sports where the professional league in the US is not considered the highest level of competition. That being said, he will have his work cut out for him.

As far as Travis Hansen and his speed encyclopedia, I have not read it and I am not as familiar with the Reno Speed School.

The Book has been endorsed by 4 guys I think are at the top of the game when it comes to speed development. I have always loved whet Lee Taft and Kelley Baggett have done. I have had Lee speak at our clinic and I love Kelley's articles. I consider Shawn Windle a friend and Dan Dalrypmle is a great coach. Although I can vouch for them, I don't know the background of their testimonials.

I have not yet read the Applied Sprint Manual by the Thinker. I know that most of my colleagues have really enjoyed it. I think James' Speed Considerations for Non-track Athletes is one of the best ever written on the topic. James has adapted a lot of Charlie Francis' methodologies and I will bet it will be comprehensive. Plus he is a team member and mentor to me.

You will have to make your own decision on this, but I hope this helped.

Just keep in mind that the first step in helping your son get to "the next level" is be honest with him (and he honest with himself).

If he is not at least an all-conference player at the DI level, he will need to work extremely hard to take the step up in talent.

Understand that strength, speed, agility, and endurance are a combined 1/4 of the skill set necessary to succeed in soccer.

Technical and Tactical skills are still the most important aspect of a soccer player's ability. Incorporating a sports performance protocol is vital, but playing the sport is imperative. Not sure of his time frame but he will need to 1.) find somewhere to train hard and 2.) play as much as possible.

Best of luck to you and please let me know if you ever need anything.

physical, technical, tactical, mental,
Mark Watts

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