Strengthening Our Girls Against Concussions, Three Simple Ways to Build Neck and Core Strength While Keeping it Fun

Concussions are rampant in youth soccer, especially with our girls. We know what symptoms to look for. We have taught them proper technique. But girls need to be physically stronger in the challenge in order to protect themselves from injury. Check out … Continue reading

Concussions in Youth Sports Part II: What Parents, Coaches and Players Can Do

Read part I of this concussion series here. Paul Rupp, head Athletic Trainer at Oakton High School in Vienna, Va., has an extensive concussion protocol that is well-documented in athletic training literature. First, when he diagnoses a concussion, the student’s circle of … Continue reading

5K Run Training Plan: This Schedule Will Get You Across the Finish Line

Your fitness needing a little boost? Signing up for a fall 5K race is the perfect motivator. Here’s a terrific one:  Allie’s Hope 5K Run on September 15 at the Fairfax Corner Shopping Center in Fairfax, VA. Are you hesitating? Maybe you’ve never run … Continue reading

Youth Soccer Players:Take Your Game Home Over the Summer

Don’t you love that last day of school? You return all your books, say goodbye to your teachers and head out the door. Don’t have to think about any of THAT stuff till September. All good, unless you volunteered to … Continue reading

GMU Women’s Soccer, Playing to Win Like Women

Do you struggle to help your female athletes play confidently because they’ve been raised to step back? Check out today’s Soccer Wire to read my article about the  “leadership council” initiated by Head Women’s Soccer Coach Diane Drake. She has … Continue reading

Girls Soccer Needs Less Force, More Finesse

Boys play differently than girls do, even at the top levels of the youth game. Take a couple minutes to watch this video from US Youth Soccer National League championship play. It begins with boys games, then at about 4 minutes it shifts … Continue reading

Soccer Stretches for Coaches and Athletes

These stretches will take just a  few  minutes after each practice and game, but it’s time well spent. One coach contacted me to say his biggest challenge was parents who would want to whisk their kids away. Yes, we are … Continue reading

Soccer Stretch: Dynamic Before, Static After

I get this question a lot: should they stretch? YES Follow up question: when and how? Before and after. Here’s how. Before practice they should perform a dynamic warm up, moving the body parts to be used in a controlled … Continue reading