If players want to have a healthy and empowering career that lasts for the long-term, they better prioritize a year-round strength plan.
"In-season training is not necessary," one youth soccer coach once uttered to me.
"My kid is too busy to make time for in-season strength training," one parent has told me, while another added, "With school and all of these activities, it is hard to get in a workout."
These comments are frustrating to say the least.
Before I reply to them drawing on proven exercise science, 100 different research studies on the benefits of year-round resistance training, and countless practical examples from years of coaching, I start with a relatable analogy.
"Would your child stop brushing their teeth when they get busy with school and life?"