Dynamic Warm Up Game: blend technique, fitness and injury prevention in 10 minutes

Looking for a fun way to add variety to your warm up? Try this dynamic warm up from Fit2Finish. Keep players moving with the ball. Condition their dribble, introduce them to plyometrics, and work on their technique, timing and field … Continue reading

New book from Fit2Finish, competitive fitness without the injuries. Look inside…

Fit2Finish: Keeping Your Soccer Players in the Game Introduction: Fit for the Game Kids and Fitness: What Does the Game Require? Sport Anatomy and Physiology: What Makes the Body Work Fitness Prescription for Sports: Meeting the Demands Fitting Fitness into … Continue reading

Diving to draw the foul is cheating: cheating yourself out of developing skills that would make you a better player

Let me see if I am getting this right: keep your footing – no foul hit the floor – foul There are so many bodies and so many moving parts, how can any stripe-shirted, whistle-toting human being know for sure … Continue reading

Are You Fit to Play in the World Cup?

Soccer is an incredibly demanding sport. Just imagine the physical load on those bodies, the walking, jogging, running, sprinting, moving sideways, backwards, jumping, stopping and starting, challenging for the ball, being challenged for the ball, all while executing the technical … Continue reading

How to Show Well in the Soccer Showcase: here’s what coaches are looking for

Showcase…just the word puts you on guard. You’re the center of things. On the big field, the feature field, the stadium field, the special turf. Coaches come from far and wide to watch you play. You know who they are, … Continue reading

School Soccer + Club Soccer May Spell Too Much: Beat Overtraining Injuries with the 6+ Program

When my daughter’s team hit the fields for the spring season tune up, I was happily surprised by the healthy depth of their roster. I keep track of this stuff, as a mom and a sports medicine professional keeping a … Continue reading

The NSCAA Convention:10,000 Coaches!

Coaches, are you looking for simple training to keep their bodies quick, strong, and healthy using that tiny winter indoor space?  Try the Wall Jump or the Cone Step Over. Let’s keep those kids playing healthy and in the game. Thanks for doing what … Continue reading

Pain AND Gain: On the Edge of Injury AND Glory

I got to spend my mornings last week with the First Ladies of soccer, the Washington Spirit. I have never seen that kind of soccer quite so up close and personal. These women are phenomenal. Just standing by, I can … Continue reading

Training the Fittest, Be Smart About Functional Over-reaching

Don’t call it over-training, they say, call it over-reaching. Or better yet, call it under-performing. All that to get away from the accusatory tone that comes with the word. How much is too much? Well, it all depends on how … Continue reading

Your Iliotibial Band Is Not Your Enemy

Your iliotibial (or IT) band travels on the outside of your thigh from your hip to just below your knee. Science speak says, “The IT Band is a lateral thickening of the fascia lata that rises from the tensor fascia … Continue reading