Three strategies to help avoid soccer injuries: Safety, Gear, Move

It’s one of the great moments in a new soccer career: getting the first pair of cleats.  Then you send them out onto the pitch and the little running feet in the scrum of kids are a veritable rainbow of … Continue reading

Could Kyah Simon’s ACL Tear Have Been Prevented?

Another one bites the dust. This time it’s Kyah Simon, 22-year-old Australian striker and Boston Breakers star, who tore her ACL just minutes after coming on for the Matildas in their friendly against the U.S. Women’s National Team on October 20. This … 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

The Key to Successful ACL Injury Prevention

Looking at the numbers of ACL tears and “revisions” – that’s a nice way to say re-tears – it is very clear this an injury we want to prevent. At all costs. The question is, can we? Sportsmetrics (Hewett in … Continue reading

ACL Recovery and Return to Sport

If you are 4-6 months post ACL surgery and your doctor tells you it’s okay to return to play ask him/her this: “how do you know I am ready?” According to Dr. Tim Hewett, 85% of the doctors making this … Continue reading

Dear Abby, when you have a concussion, please take a seat on the sidelines

I read in Washington Post columnist Steve Goff’s recap of the Spirit vs Flash 1-1 tie that Abby Wambach “remained in the match and assisted on her team’s 85th minute goal. But at the final whistle fell to her knees and … Continue reading

Core Fitness: Field Exercises to Build a Strong Core

Coaches, I know what you’re saying. Sure, Wendy, you’ve told us core fitness is essential. You’ve shown us how to do core fitness with the exercise ball. You’ve inspired us with your planking ability – oh wait, that was Alan … Continue reading

Core Fitness: Plank Exercises for a Strong Core

Don’t have an exercise ball? No problem. All you need is your body and a padded but solid surface. (And I’ recommend securing your pets in another room. My husky sometimes gets a bit “too helpful.”) Let me first distinguish … Continue reading

Who Needs Core Fitness?

At the VYSA convention this weekend I presented on two topics: Game Fitness and Concussion Protection. The common denominator: Core Fitness. Seem strange? Not really. Because strength in your core muscles – your torso, both front and back – allows … Continue reading

Just Don’t Get Hurt – How do you play that game?

When our daughter took the field with the high school soccer team, these words of advice were our best attempt at injury prevention. “Just don’t get hurt.” What a game plan, eh? How do you play the “just don’t get hurt” game? … Continue reading