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If you look at the word BASICSKILL
what do you do see?
I stole this from Beyond Strength Performance owner and coach, Chris Merritt.
Clearly he's a genius.
And, this play on words is genius too. We often mistake the basics for "simple" and "easy" and this couldn't be further from the truth....
How do you deem your training sessions successful?
Are you an athlete that needs to be bent over, dripping with sweat every session in order to feel like you accomplished something or are you following a program where there are waves in your training - intense sessions followed by lower intensity sessions that keep you healthy and resilient over the long haul?
My hope is that your answer is the latter.
However, far too often, most athletes fall into the trap of more and high intensity is better.
Unfortunately this approach is not sustainable. And, while periods of high intensity work is absolutely needed, it can't be the only aspect of your conditioning....
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....
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....
I don’t know about you but I absolutely love the Olympics. The games are only a few days away and if you’re like me – you’re ecstatic! In my opinion the Olympics are the pinnacle of sport that is a wonderful showcase of years of commitment and hard work from the athletes. Plus, it reminds me of some of my most favorite memories from my playing days with the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.
Four years ago on August 9, 2012 we won the gold medal match against Japan at the London Olympic games.
The year prior we had just lost to Japan in the World Cup final so there was a lot of excitement and redemption to be had.
Our second U.S. professional domestic league had folded a few months after the World Cup final so going into the games we had six months of preparation solely as a team and we were ready to showcase all of our hard work. We were eager to compete, and win gold after our heartbreaking loss the year prior....
There are times when the "past repeating itself" is a wonderful thing - for example when the U.S. Women's National Team won the World Cup last summer for the third time and the first time since 1999.
And, then there are times when the "past repeating itself" is better if the past, well, just stays in the past - for example when women's professional soccer teams play on a "field" that is the outfield of a baseball field.
Let me explain....
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.
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If I had to choose one area in my training that made the biggest difference in enhancing my performance and keeping me injury free during my playing career it would be: single leg training.
Of course I think bilateral (performed on two legs) exercises like squatting and deadlifting are vital, I mean I didn’t get the nickname “Quadzilla” from watching the weights pick up themselves, but it was the single leg work that was the game changer.
Think about it, the majority of life is spent on one leg: walking, running, jumping, change of direction or cutting in sports all happen on one leg. Therefore it only makes sense to train on one leg....
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.”...