Indian U-16 team uses TRX system to boost performance

The Indian U-16 football team has adopted the Total Resistance System (TRX) developed by USA’s Navy SEALS in a bid to boost its performance.

The Indian U-16 team participates in a training session.   -  AIFF Media

In a bid to bolster its strength and conditioning preparations, the Indian U-16 national football team has implemented the use of the Total Resistance System (TRX) developed by USA’s Navy SEALS.

The TRX System requires the use of a TRX Suspension Trainer that leverages gravity and the performer’s body weight to complete exercises and circuits. The benefits include increased mobility, stability and metabolic results increasing lean muscle mass over time. The Indian U-16 team has been using the TRX system to since January 2018.

For footballers, the need for strength and conditioning is as important as their tactical preparation. “If you don’t have gas in your tank how will you run 90 minutes?” said India U-16 head coach Bibiano Fernandes.

“Strength and conditioning plays a major role in helping the teams to perform on the field like they do. It is a key element for winning in football.

“Tactical implementation is also almost directly proportional to strength and conditioning. If the player is fit, only then he can implement the tactical scenarios and run to cover ground, otherwise the lack of fitness will lead to tactical instability,” Bibiano added.

While it is true that fitness plays an important part of football, a player's ability to deliver during the 90 minute also requires a lot of work off the pitch.

“There have been sessions where we have focused on just the team’s strength and conditioning. We want to create better, stronger and faster players that are able to deliver at the maximum even in the 90th minute,” said Soumya Rout, the team's physiotherapist.

“The TRX System is a one of a kind and it helps us to infuse a lot of explosiveness coupled with mobility and stability drills. These factors are key elements for any good physical footballer.

“The player’s diets have been monitored and we check the stress of each player after every training session to gauge their bodies better,” he added.

Very few Indian teams have utilised the TRX System before and the Indian U-16 team has benefited from its implementation – all but visible in Vikram Singh’s 83rd minute run that led to a penalty which ultimately took the side to a 1-0 win against Vietnam on Friday .

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