With regards to the strength / power training methods used by soccer players, “Hiit” seems to be more efficient than a moderate intensity (hypertrophic) resistance training. As for the frequency, 2 weekly sessions are enough to increase the production of strength during the pre-season, and a session seems adequate to avoid in-season de-training.
However, to further improve performance during the competition period, training should include a greater volume in specific sports power actions that “affect” the neuromuscular system.
The combination of strength / power training that includes different movement patterns and a greater focus on specific sports power actions is preferable to the traditional resistance training method.
What is the goal of strength training? Strength training in football should include a significant number of exercises that target the efficiency of the elongation-shortening cycle and specific sports actions. Manipulation of work surfaces can be an important training strategy, for example during injury recovery.
Moreover, given the concurrent conditional nature of the sport, high intensity training both in terms of strength and endurance could increase the total performance capacity.
The analysis suggests that neuromuscular training improves both physiological and physical measurements associated with a high level of performance in soccer players.