3 results for tag: Professional Soccer

Single Leg Training – Are You Doin’ It?

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. index 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.... More

Out With The New, In With The Old – Some Things Never Change

index   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.”... More

Lessons Learned

IMG_2856 On December 21, 2014 I was carried off the field after helping my Australian team win the championship game. This was my final professional soccer game before hanging up my boots for good. Fast-forward 453 days and my alarm goes off at 4:45am – time to train. Not myself, but our first group of clients at Ambitious Athletics. It has been a whirlwind of a year, one filled with a ton of new experiences and lessons. The biggest lesson has been the transition from an athlete’s mindset to a coach’s mindset. Now after a year under my belt as a full time coach I thought there was no better time to reflect on some of the lessons I’ve come to understand. I realized that many of the life lessons I learned from soccer are the same lessons that I’ve applied in my first year as a coach.... More