Morgan Brian Passed the Concussion Tests, Should She Have Been Allowed to Return?

Brian helped

I know this is not going to make me popular, but … not every collision spells concussion. The collision between midfielder Morgan Brian and Germany’s Alexandra Popp has the concussion lines a-buzzin’. Taylor Twellman’s tweeting and Briana Scurry’s Facebooking. From … Continue reading

Women’s World Cup 1999 to 2015: Pure Joy Makes No Apologies

Brandi SI cover

The last time we won a Women’s World Cup, it looked like this… “The enduring image of Brandi Chastain, triumphant on a sweltering July day in Pasadena, will endure, documenting a populist victory that helped propel women’s soccer into the … Continue reading

ACL Risk Assessment: 5 Simple Tests Every Parent and Coach Can Do

Russian hamstring

Do you want to know if you kid is at risk for an ACL tear? You don’t need a special assessment program or highly trained health professionals to run an assessment. You can evaluate your own kids to decide whether … Continue reading

Physical Education Gone Missing: Can Sports Fill the Gap?

PE parachute

Has bullying increased as physical education has decreased? This is the question posed to our Chinese and American panel at the ACSM convention. There has been much conversation about the reduction in physical activity among our American children, and the … Continue reading

Coaching Conundrum: How Do We Get Kids to Listen!

This coaching question came my way… I have a few kids on my 10u soccer team who do not pay attention when I am giving out instructions or teaching them something. How do I motivate them without sending them for … Continue reading

Parent Delusional Disorder: the Seven Word Recovery Program

I just love to watch you play! That’s what I want my kids to know. That’s what I came for. Not to show you off. Not for bragging rights. Not even to celebrate when you win, although that’s nice when … Continue reading

Bringing Out Their Best: motivation as art and story

softball-jrgirls

Once upon a time there was a little girl. She could really catch and really throw, but the thing she could do best was hit. Every time up, she swung that bat and sent the ball way into the outfield. … Continue reading

Deep Practice: The Secret Weapon the Caterpillar Teaches

boy juggling

Everyone who has ever played the game well remembers the day it felt effortless. Smooth on the club, crisp in the hands, the timing is perfect, the loft just right, the backspin just so: swoosh, woosh, bam, pop. Even the sound … Continue reading

Leaving a Lasting Legacy: “Team on 3″

10632681_10152225603372100_232386733813508017_n

What culminating gift do you give to the coach and manager who gave you everything? Team Avalanche chose this brick, now laid in the walkway at the College of William & Mary. It reads: Chas and Sally Sumser “Team on … Continue reading

The Second Secret Behind Coach Sumser’s Success: “I showed up at their plays and performances.”

Girls sitting on a bench

Last week I introduced you to Chas Sumser, the “no-cut” coach, formerly of the Loudon Vipers boys team and then the Leesburg FC Avalanche girls team. Both teams he agreed to take on at the request neighboring children who asked … Continue reading