From the back streets of poor neighborhoods to the playing fields of the wealthy, soccer is the world's most popular team sport. Played on every continent on the globe, its professional players earn fortunes and are worshipped by many millions of fans. The "beautiful game," as it is known, is for everyone: it is easy to play, requires minimal equipment, and can provide a lifetime of enjoyment. Discover how to choose the best kind of equipment for safe, effective training; how to prevent injuries through pre-exercise stretching; how to treat injuries when they occur; when to consult a medical professional; and how to come back from injury as quickly as possible and stronger than ever. This book is an indispensable guide to players starting out in the game. It includes chapters discussing: • a history of soccer • training tips • advice on choosing the right equipment • getting in shape to play • treating injuries • making a career in soccer—for pleasure or profit • the importance of good nutrition • the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs
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