7 results for tag: Sports

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

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

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

The Power of Play

IMG_4172Talking to young Samoan soccer players. Photo credit: Ola Thorsen

 

I just returned from 2+ weeks of travel to New Zealand and Samoa. I was traveling in conjunction with the U.S. State Department and U.S. Soccer. We packed a ton of work into a short amount of time and besides the fifteen-hour flight to and from Auckland there was quite a bit of travel within the travel.

Needless to say, I was busy, but overall the trip was fantastic. I trained young athletes, met with educators on how to grow the sport of soccer, and spoke to LGBTQ advocates about my experience as an out athlete. I love this work. As I’ve been afforded so many incredible experiences through my playing career it’s wonderful to be able to share my stories and help those who haven’t been as fortunate or need a bit of guidance in their journey.... More

A Look Back – Women’s World Cup 2015: The Foundation of Success

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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.... More

#RepsForRapinoe – Side Plank

Building a strong and stable core is a crucial component to improving athletic performance and staying healthy. Did you try the Pallof Press yet?! Sneaky, hard exercise, right?! What about the:
  • Goblet Bulgarian Split Squat
  • Band Pull-Aparts
  • KB Goblet Lateral Lunge
  • 1-Arm Standing Band Row
These are great exercises to add to your repertoire.... More

#RepsForRapinoe – KB Goblet Lateral Lunge

Most of us live our lives in the sagittal plane, meaning that we primarily move in a forward and backward motion, neglecting any other direction. Sports are played in all three functional planes, therefore it’s beneficial to train in these different planes to maximize performance and prevent injury. The same goes for everyday life.... More