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....
Last week I was catching up with a good friend from my pro soccer days. In the past year she has moved cross country and in the past month relocated again to a new city. While reminiscing and catching up she informed me that she's been struggling to keep a consistent training program since retirement and asked how I've continued to train post-soccer.
Whether you’re a current active athlete, a retired wash-upped athlete like myself, returning from injury, or haven’t seen a pair of weights since 2010 it can and will be challenging to maintain consistency in your training. To help my friend and to share some tips that have worked for me, here are four ways you can create the support and foundation you will need to stay consistent, focused and have fun....
Recovery is arguably the most important piece of the puzzle when it comes to performance.
Yet, it is often the most overlooked component of training.
We live in a world where there are so many demands on us to be more, do more
and we give so much of ourselves to others that we forget to take care of ourselves.
There is a saying "You're only as good as you are recovered."
Meaning if you’re only 60% recovered from your previous training session then you will only be 60% ready to perform in your next training session.
Therefore, if you are constantly worn down, fatigued, injured then you clearly aren’t able reap the benefits of your training.
Many of us mistakenly believe that it’s the actual training that makes us better. In reality though, our training is breaking down our muscles. It’s the quality of our recovery where we reap the benefits of all our hard work in the gym....
A lot has changed since my childhood in the 80’s.
Some obvious examples are, there were no cell phones, people actually used payphones or home phones, pen to paper was a thing - computers were just being introduced into schools, my mullet was in fashion, and Fuller House
was on television, Oh wait. Full House.
But I’m here to talk about sports, soccer specifically.
The opportunities for young female soccer players today are remarkable.
There has been considerable growth in the participation of female soccer players. According to U.S. Youth Soccer there were roughly 400,000 active youth female soccer players in the mid 1980’s compared to the 1.6 million currently.
It’s an exciting time to be a female athlete and simultaneously a difficult time as well. Due to all the opportunities and options at every level of play it seems we have created a fear based model for our athletes. We have them specializing in one sport at a much earlier age and feed them with nonsense such as “If you don’t play on this team you won’t stand out. If you don’t go to this tournament you won’t be seen by college or youth national team coaches.”...
Photo: Michael Chow - USA Today Sports
Originally written July 2015
Wow! I can’t believe it!
It has already been a month since the Women’s World Cup final, and yet I’m definitely still experiencing a high from all the emotions of that momentous final match.
Can you imagine the elation the women felt when the final whistle blew?
Can you imagine the relief they felt after beating Japan in the final when just four years earlier they had fallen short?
Can you imagine how many games, training sessions, gym sessions it took to get there?
I was fortunate to be able to travel to Canada, not only for the final but also for a number of the U.S. Women’s games. The enthusiasm surrounding each game was contagious and you could feel the excitement grow with each U.S. win....