Football, or soccer, as it is known in the one country that famously does not recognize the game’s true greatness, is one of the most challenging sports in the world. Whether you play in a street, a field or a stadium, you will know just how tough the game can be-even though it is still fun. Soccer involves a great deal of running back and forth for forwards and even defenders (here’s looking at you, Sergio Ramos, you defender-who-keeps-going-for-goals, you). Even goalies have it pretty rough, as they must always be ready to hurl themselves to odd corners of the goal area, like human projectiles. It is no wonder that players soon run out of breath, and have to face a potentially very long game being tired already. This article will focus on measures you might take to increase lung capacity, and their respective pros and cons.
There are certain postures you can take in order to maximize lung capacity. Raising your arms, for example, can give your lungs more space to expand. This can be quite appropriate for goalies, who often have to keep their arms up anyway. However, the immediate demands of the game might make other breathing-maximization postures impractical, or you might find that they just look silly, and you do not want that in front of a stadium full of spectators.
Other breathing-enhancing methods involve your diet. For example, some singers try to avoid meat, because the slow digestion process impedes the use of the diaphragm. Unfortunately, it might be unwise for an athlete to try the same thing, because you will probably be needing all the protein you can get. Consult a trusted expert, and ask if you can get your protein from other sources, like soy-based dishes or protein shakes.
In other words, you must always keep the other requirements of your profession in mind when you try to choose a method to improve the way you breathe. You need one that will not limit the maneuvers you make on the field, embarrass you in front of fans and opponents, or compromise your nutrition program.
However, do not let the complications of finding the right method discourage you. Breathing well is very important. If your position requires a great deal of running, your muscles will require as much oxygen as they can get. More efficient muscles mean that you will not have to work so hard to gain more muscle, which can weigh you down or increase likelihood of injuries like strained tendons. Even if you do not have to run much, your breathing habits still matter. Goalies, for example, need to always be alert and focused. Since the brain is a notorious oxygen-guzzler, you will need a great respiration system so that you will not miss the ball coming at you from some strange, unexpected angle.