21 results for tag: Soccer

Hanging Up Your Cleats Can Be Difficult – Remaining Athletic Doesn’t Have To Be

Retiring from sport can be extremely difficult – not only from a physical standpoint but from a mental standpoint as well. For many of us, our identities are wrapped up in the sport we play.  I know for me I got a real sense of fulfillment and purpose from soccer. And, I was scared to lose that once I hung up my boots. I know I’m not alone in this fear as I receive questions from former teammates frequently like “How am I going to remain athletic?”,  “How am I going to stay fit?” “What’s my training routine going to look like without the structure of a team?”... More

Are You Prepared to Perform the Kettlebell Swing? Part 1

Lets face it. The Kettlebell Swing is a killer exercise. And, when I say killer I mean the benefits of the swing are endless. I can't think of another "all in one" exercise that helps:
  • Builds overall athleticism and strength
  • Improves conditioning
  • Targets your posterior chain (backside of your body) - I mean who doesn't need/want a bigger, stronger booty?
  • Is a viable alternative for the Olympic lifts
All of this awesomeness in one exercise has athletes wanting to jump right in and get to swinging. The reality is though, that many aren't prepared to perform the swing right off the bat.... More

Cardiac Output: The Case of an Under Recovered Soccer Player

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.... More

The 4 C’s: Tried & True

index About a month ago I returned home to Indiana to visit my parents. My dad and step mom are both semi-retired and now living their lives as snow birds – splitting their time between Indianapolis and Florida. Besides spending quality time together and them questioning my decision on my most recent shade of hair color, their one request of me was to go through the last handful of boxes from my childhood, mainly my soccer career. Due to their new lifestyle they are downsizing from my childhood home and therefore are getting rid of all unneeded excess in the home. This was the first time I had sifted through any of my soccer career memorabilia since retiring. Even though my constant moving and travel schedule while playing forced me to occasionally go through most of the collection that I had gathered throughout the years, a few boxes remained.... More

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

4 Keys To USWNT Olympic Success

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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.... More

Balls To The Wall

<img class="aligncenter wp-image-821" src="http://www.lorilindsey.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/large-300x265.jpg" alt="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)" width="375" height="331" /> 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

When History Repeats Itself

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.... More

Inclusion: A Reflection Of My Week With Johnson & Johnson

With Pride Month coming to an end this post couldn’t be more timely. The majority of my posts consist of me talking about my passion for soccer and how strength and conditioning played an important role in my development as a player and reaching the highest levels of the game. 15-Johnson-Johnson-Logo2 Although these are topics I’m passionate about there’s another piece of me/my career that has also been critical to my success. As a member of the LGBT community I’ve faced my own personal challenges and triumphs as an out athlete and my aim to inspire others through sharing my story.... More