4 Tips To Dominate The Soccer Season

index Soccer season is here. Okay let’s be honest soccer season is always here. There isn’t much of an off-season for young athletes these days. Most athletes are starting school and playing either club soccer or high school and some may be involved in both. However you want to look at it it’s a busy time of year. Here are 4 tips to ensuring you stay healthy and dominate the Fall season.... More

Foundation Of Fundamentals

Fundamentals are the foundation to everything. No matter what sport you play - basketball, hockey, or soccer – fundamentals are the building blocks to improving performance. With soccer, specifically, it is important to focus on mastering passing, receiving, dribbling, and shooting, as these skills are directly transferable to the game. Some of my fondest memories during my playing days are when Becky Sauerbrunn and I were training partners. We would train together every day during our off-times with the women’s national team. These sessions had a singular focus - our common goal was to master the basics and the areas that would have the most carry over to elevate our game.... More

Balls To The Wall

USA's Alex Morgan (13) jumps over Japan's Saki Kumagai (4) in the second half of the women's soccer final at Wembley Stadium in London, England, in the Summer Olympic Games on Thursday, August 9, 2012. The U.S. defeated Japan, 2-1, for the gold medal. (Nhat V. Meyer/San Jose Mercury News/MCT) The best soccer players I played with were not only strong, stable, and skillful, they were the most powerful athletes. Think: Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Crystal Dunn. Their ability to use their strength and convert it to speed and power on the field is second to none. This is apparent through their ability to jump higher, sprint faster, accelerate and decelerate more efficiently, and change direction on a dime compared to their opponents. If said qualities are what separate good athletes from great athletes then training for power should be an essential component of your training.... More

A Proper Warm-up. Why & How

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Want to be a better athlete - a better soccer player, perhaps? Want to stay healthy, injury-free for the long haul? Perform better on and off the field?

If you answered yes to one of those questions - then a proper warm-up is vital.

The primary goal for training is not only to improve performance, but to stay healthy while you're doing it.

As the above quote, "Durability is more important than ability" states, no matter what your goals are or how talented you are if you can't stay healthy and injury-free then it will be very challenging to reach these goals.

Too often though athletes/clients overlook their warm-up and leave out this vital training component. Whether it is not performing a warm-up at all or skimping through it with a few stretches here or there with no real direction - you're missing out on a critical component that can help take your performance to the next level.... More


Exercises I Used During My Playing Days, Wished I Had Incorporated While Playing, & Will Continue to Use: Sled Training

Sled training is where it's at. The sled is a fantastic tool that can be used to improve conditioning, build strength, and test your will power. It's fair to say that everybody has a major love/hate relationship with the sled. But in all honesty, I wish I had found this amazing performance tool earlier in my career. My first sled experience was definitely one of the most humbling experiences I've encountered in my athletic journey. If you have ever used or heard stories about the sled then you understand what I'm talking about. There is a term called Prowler Flu (prowler is a specific type of sled) and the name speaks for itself - I've been hit with this bug on multiple occasions - bent over in exhaustion and heaving into a trash can. Yeah not fun. images... More

Use Strength Training As Your Second Sport

It’s a wonderful time to be a young female athlete – especially a female soccer player. There are so many more opportunities to participate in soccer today compared to when I was growing up. No matter your age, where you live - there is a league, team, or school program to play on. Not to mention, there is unlimited access to watch professional players train and play live and via television. Plus, there are amazing role models from the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) our U.S. based professional league and U.S. Women’s National Team to be inspired by - like myself. ;) Subscribe to my newsletter here. 479686472-teammates-hold-the-trophy-following-the-teams-win-in.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge2

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