Pre-season Tournaments Beat Kids Up: Rest Days Allow them to Return to Full Strength

Are your players full of energy and enthusiasm at the beginning of practice? Or, are they pooped from school starting or the tournament weekend they just toughed it through? We all like those high energy days because we know that’s when … Continue reading

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

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

US Soccer Has a Player Development Problem: Julie Foudy offers new/old perspective

What if the best way to get your kid on the U.S. National Team was to not attend their games? Or allow them to quit soccer for a season or two on a whim? Both of these techniques worked for … Continue reading

Videos for the Fit2Finish Book

Here are the video links for my new book Fit2Finish: Keeping Your Soccer Players in the Game. Find your age group. Find your fun. Try it out. All the Fit2Finish games are fueled by the science of healthy sports but … Continue reading

Are Youth Soccer Coaches Smarter than Little League Coaches?

Throwing too many pitches is injuring our little leaguers. The scary thing is, coaches know this and are still putting young players at risk. A group from Case Western Reserve reports, While 100% (of coaches) were aware of the need … Continue reading

Beating ACL Injuries: Three Steps Every Coach Can Take

ACL tear. Out for the season. Words no one ever wants to hear. But we keep hearing them. In soccer, football, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse and even in ultimate frisbee! If you know these kids personally, this becomes a personal issue. … Continue reading

Training for the Marathon: If it’s good for Caroline Wozniacki would it be good for my game?

Long distance running is good for one thing: improving your long distance running. Ms. Wosniacki seems to have stepped up her endurance for long points, long rallies, long sets and long matches by adding distance running to her training regimen. … Continue reading

Three Easy Ways to Measure Training Demand on Your Athletes

Do you have days when it all clicks? Your players take every challenge and respond with energy, skill and enthusiasm. Then those other days when it all falls apart? Your players might as well have taken a nap or hit … Continue reading