Bekham and Bolt: The Relevance of the BUBBLE CHEEK™ in Soccer

Hello Everyone!

Here is my latest article on Power Development focusing on Joint Performance and Speed for Soccer!

Hopefully you’ve read Articles #1 on Baseball and #2 on Volleyball on how my Precision Form Training™’s (PFT) BUBBLE CHEEK™ is relevant for general power development and mid-air explosive power, respectively. Reading the articles in sequence may help transition you from learning about new terms to more technical language of this article for soccer. If you are all about Basketball, then there’s something in this article for you too! Actually, although the three articles reference specific sports, the individual performance skills  can be optimized and relevant for any related human performance activity.

The final and 4th article will be for Cycling on percussive breathing for Power Development focusing on torque and transverse plane movement, inclusive of fine motor control. Gamers and ESport athletes will benefit from these articles as well!

As a Strength and Conditioning Specialist who is both coach and scientist, I am grateful for fellow colleagues and coach-geeks, who further contribute to these articles. Please see below a BONUS EXERCISE using the BUBBLE CHEEK™ on Improving Speed with Flying Curved Sprints by Matt Hank, MS, CSCS, USAW.


For Dr. Veera’s Article and Coach Hanks Speed Drill, please see: SR 23-1 (1) Dr. Veera Article and Matt Hank Speed Bonus

For Full Article, please see link: SR 23-1 (1)

30 Years Later, High School Best Friends Discover a New Connection with the BUBBLE CHEEK™

A Special Thank you to Publisher Ken Kontor, a Charter and Founding Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), for his interest and continued support in publishing my original work. 

Power in the BUBBLE CHEEK™: Performance and Leadership were our passions when we were young. She was 6’1.5″ and I was 5’2.5″. We played sports together, we sang together, and aside from having a lot of fun through our adventures and competitions in Prince George and British Columbia, we learned a lot from each other in those High School years. This is more than a coincidence, it is a gift!

I dedicate this article to all BFFs!

Personal Anecdote: I grew up with my best friend in High School being one of the top volleyball players in our city and region. Upon graduation she went on to accomplish so much more in both sports and leadership. Marinda Ashman is an Alumni volleyball player, BYU 1987-1991, earning multiple honors: player of the week, all conference, and all-American nominee. Ashman is a former coach for the NCAA and NAIA in both college and club. Having completed a Master of Education (MEd) in Health, PE, and Recreation (HPER), from Utah state university (USU), she is now a tenured Associate Professor in the department of Student Leadership and Success Studies at Utah Valley University (UVU).

So, it only seems fitting that Professor Ashman was my go-to, to ask if she knew anyone who did a Bubble Cheek™ when they would spike or hit in volleyball, and if they knew why they did it. It was to both of our surprise, when she said that she herself bubbled her cheeks when she played, but never planned to. It just happened naturally! Marinda Ashman (neé Gorbahn) is the first elite athlete I ever knew and got to observe up close in High School, her approach to training and her performance in competition. I’m excited to feature photos of her in my first ever article on Precision Form Training™ (PFT) for Volleyball power development and midair explosive power. Figures 1 and 2 Marinda Ashman (neé Gorbahn). 

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Stay Tuned for Soccer and Cycling!