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Stabilize Your Landing After a Header

Landing with a solid base of support after heading a ball is key to being able to accelerate into the proper position on the field. The Jump, Push and Land Drill will help you stabilize your landing and decrease the incidence of injury. Begin with a squat jump, while in the air, have a partner push your hips so your body moves laterally while in the air. Concentrate on a solid, stable landing with the feet shoulder width apart, toes pointing forward and lowering your body into the landing in a shock absorbing fashion. Perform 2-3 sets of 5 jumps. Repeat the exercise, so the athlete is being pushed to the right and the left.

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