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I'm 14 and play soccer on a team. I am small and not very fast. I'm not fully physically developed yet so I don't know if certain exercises could stunt my growth or cause injuries, etc. Does anyone have any advice?

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  • How long have you been playing and how often do you play? Most soccer players get better (and faster) with time. – Kneel-Before-ZOD Jun 3 '15 at 17:21
  • Been playing about 7 years and play at least 2-3 times a week – Sean Usher Jun 3 '15 at 22:06
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A standard go-to for improving speed is wind sprints. Basically, you repeatedly go from 0 to as fast as you can and sustain it for a short distance, recover for a few minutes, then repeat. It develops explosive power and, if you have an external starting signal like a friend with a whistle, it helps you develop reflexes so that you start moving as soon as you think of it.

And don't worry too much about damaging your growth. That's only really if you're in the upper echelons of effort, such as professional gymnasts, or where you're being forced into repeated impacts in a way that encourages you not to fall properly, such as American football.

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Afaik, the whole "exercise stunts growth" idea is a myth, as long as you eat enough, lifting weights will not interfere with your growth.

Some people do weight lifting with explosiveness focus to get faster, but that should be done with a professional.

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  • What exercises/drills that dont require much equipment would you suggest I do? – Sean Usher Jun 3 '15 at 13:23
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To complement your sprinting routines, I advise to start doing squats and deadlifts. Read around to know how to do them properly but once you start getting the correct technique, you can start adding the weight so that your legs become stronger and will greatly benefit your soccer experience...it has for me!

Deadlifts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4qRntuXBSc

Squats: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy28eq2PjcM

Tips: I usually do 2-3 warmup sets starting at 135 increasing the weight to 225 for my first real set. Then I usually try to do reps of 8 x 8 x 6 x 4 where each set is pretty tough to complete by adding weight. Next time you redo squats or deadlifts if the last set of 4 was pretty easy and you feel you could have done 6 for example, start the 4 sets with 5-10 more pounds.

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  • I think your answer would be much better if you could provide a link to a video as to how to do a proper squat and deadlift. Maybe include how much weight you added for each session(for example 2.5lbs, 5lbs). Otherwise, your answers looks good. – Aizul Aug 13 '15 at 0:16

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