Get better at soccer by strengthening your weak foot

All around Houston, high school students are starting to prepare for the winter soccer season. Some soccer players have been at for most of their lives, playing in youth leagues and moving into club organizations. However, just as many will either be new to the sport or will come in with a lot less experience than their teammates. We wish them all a safe and successful season, and wanted to provide some tips for developing their non-dominant foot in this article.

Why is strengthening the non-dominant foot important?

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that most beginning soccer players prefer to use their dominant foot for passing, shooting and dribbling. After all, when you’re trying to learn the basics, using your go-to foot helps you feel more competitive. However, soccer is a sport that demands so many skills, especially in areas of footwork, versatility and conditioning. Failure to develop the non-dominant foot can hold a beginner or intermediate player back. Not only will a “weak” foot prevent the athlete from making plays that would have been easy with the dominant foot, the degree of imbalance between feet may lead to more frequent injuries as well.

Soccer players who focus on strengthening their weak foot learn that it enhances their stability, balance and agility on the soccer field. It helps them become more unpredictable, as they demonstrate a high degree of adaptability from moment to moment.

Recommended Exercises

We’ve put together a set of exercises that can be used to improve weak foot strength, coordination and flexibility.

Regardless of whether you’re just starting out or if you’re a seasoned player, any one of these drills can help you step your game up. In “the beautiful game”, there is no telling when you’ll be in the perfect position to make a game-changing play, so why not be ready for it?

Houston Foot and Ankle Care is a leading podiatry practice, treating patients from the greater Houston area and southeast Texas. We offer the latest in diagnostic technology to make informed decisions, prescribe effective treatments, and help patients get back on their feet as quickly as possible. Dr. Gabriel Maislos, DPM, FACFAS is a board-certified podiatrist and podiatric surgeon, skilled in the latest non-invasive techniques. Whether you’re suffering from sports-related injuries, or pain, swelling or numbness from chronic conditions, call (713) 541-3199 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maislos. We accept all forms of major medical insurance.

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