Can a US Soccer Girls Development Academy Prevent Overuse Injuries?

Did you know there is yet ANOTHER league to consider if you’re interested in high level girl’s soccer these days? Yep. US Soccer has announced that it will be launching a Girls Development Academy in the Fall of 2017. This … Continue reading

Taking the Fear out of Post-Concussion Syndrome

It seems like nearly every soccer-playing kid has had a concussion these days. And even if we’re lucky enough to have kids still in the clear, we’re set on edge by the looming fear that the succession of “sub-concussive hits” … Continue reading

The Secret to Sports-based Youth Development: Kids Working as Hard in the Game as they do On Their Game

What does the phrase, sports-based youth development, mean to you? We talk a lot about developmental soccer. We have developmental programs and developmental leagues designed to help kids make progress on their skills, fitness, mental toughness, and game play. We develop … Continue reading

Spring is for Training, Find Your Seat

I was so excited to go see my first Spring Training baseball game, the Orioles vs the Braves. I’m not really a fan of either team. I’m a fan of the game and the sport. I love being at the … Continue reading

Four Signs that Kids Sports Are Actually Hurting Them

When I was growing up playing sports, nobody ever got hurt, at least not seriously. I don’t remember a single teammate ever complaining of knee pain, shin pain, heel pain or hip pain. Today nearly all young athletes eventually experience … Continue reading

Why Fit2Finish? Because it Starts and Ends with Healthy Kids

I often get asked, “How did you get started with Fit2Finish?” It’s a pretty good story… It was a sunny Sunday afternoon and I was watching my oldest daughter play a mid-season soccer game. The two teams were evenly matched … Continue reading

The Joy of Movement: Have You Ever Watched a Child Dance?

Early athletic success may have been the worst thing that ever happened to me. Things came easy. Classwork came easy. Grades? No problem. Even playground games were a delight because I could hit, catch and kick with minimum effort and much … Continue reading

Fairy-Tail Finish for Kimble: Dreams (seasoned with hard work) Do Come True

How would you like to be this girl? Meet Caroline Kimble, holding midfielder for the Louisville Cardinals women’s soccer team. She just scored the biggest goal of her life, and the biggest in Louisville program history. An unforgettable finish, as … Continue reading

Paid Coaches: The Hidden Cost We Can’t Admit

Many, perhaps most, would say we have lost our grip on youth sports in this country. Parents are out of control, kids aren’t achieving, coaches are misbehaving and the whole system isn’t producing the kinds of players we hope to … Continue reading