An important aspect of Goalkeeper training is the development of your cognitive ability. Cognition is the quality of perceiving information by the brain, processing it, applying the acquired knowledge and making an effective decision-making, causing a physical response through its locomotor apparatus (stretched, explosive start, clearance etc). All this must be done in milliseconds, so the activation level of the Goalkeeper must be permanent.
Working cognitive development in training is essential to increase your levels of perception and reaction capacity, something that is achieved among other techniques, through explosive strength training sessions.
How to maximize performance in explosive force sessions
We all know that sports activity is closely related to music due to the multiple benefits that it brings to the practice of any sport. After numerous scientific studies, it has been identified that music connects directly to the subconscious of the brain generating endorphins and dopamine.
Dopamine, taken to the specific field of Goalkeepers, has numerous functions in the brain such as behavior development, cognition, motor activity, motivation and reward, all key aspects in the constant goalkeeper interventions.
Music provokes exaltation of the senses, elevates mood, stimulates learning, increases concentration, distracts us from tiredness by increasing physical and mental resistance, reduces perceived effort and can even promote metabolic efficiency. Some scientific studies have identified improvements in sports performance of 15%, something truly remarkable that can take our explosive strength training sessions to much higher levels of performance.
On the professional competition pitch, to cite one example, former US swimmer and Olympic champion Michael Phelps used to listen to hip-hop to focus on his workouts and motivate himself before each competition. And it is that when it comes to exercising, music is an excellent resource to enhance performance in training. It becomes a very powerful motivational element that helps you to endure more and better, generating a feeling of greater security and better performance.
What music and rhythm to choose
In high intensity training sessions, the accompanying music must be in accordance with the level of effort required according to the planning of the exercises to be performed. As long as we work explosive force, the chosen themes will be motivating and should never have a rhythm below 130 bpms.
Your choice is fundamental when it comes to properly matching the intensity of the exercise with the music that provokes a constant stimulus of physical activation, keeping us energetic, active, full of power to take on the exercise that comes and mentally synchronized with the learning we are experiencing.
And it is that this therapeutic activity is not new, although it is currently in full expansion within high-performance preparation models thanks to the scientific results obtained. Music can therefore be key to enhance cognitive and motor learning, helping to maintain productivity and performance during training sessions.
Desde HO SOCCER y nuestro Club, deseamos compartir este conocimiento y animaros a crear sesiones de entrenamiento disruptivas para Guardametas que les lleven a alcanzar a un nivel de preparación superior.
Josemi Rodríguez | C.D. Leganés
First Team and Youth Squads Goalkeeper Coach