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

Failure Isn’t fatal

Failure isn’t fatal, it’s fortunate. In fact, it’s necessary. Somehow, failure has come to be synonymous with worthless, hopeless, futureless and bad. We hear it as a judgment on ourselves, our kids, and our families. You’re a total failure. Take … Continue reading

Simple Neck Exercise that Defeats Screen Time

Oh, and this will make athlete’s heads, necks and torsos safer on the field. Happy strengthening, everyone. Contact Fit2Finish for more resistance band exercises or for information about purchasing bands. … Continue reading

When Good Sportsmanship Doesn’t Make the Cut

“Nice guys finish last.” It stings to be the parent of the kid whose primary objective was “to be a good teammate” as she is cut from the high school JV squad. Why does it hurt so much? Because, 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

Friday Fitness Tip – Monster Walk

The key to helping our young athletes stay free of injury is proper preparation. In today’s Fitness Tip video, 3 young athletes (boy-16, girl-12, boy-12) are trying the ‘monster walk.’ Try it for yourself to see which muscles are working. … Continue reading

Ending the Excess in Youth Sports Will Require Cool Heads Around One Table

Who made the new rule that you can only score on a fast break?! Don’t bother dribbling, passing, running plays or setting a pick. Just run and gun. Time outs and man to man defense are for sissies. That’s where, it … Continue reading

What Does an ACL Really Cost?

What does an Anterior Cruciate ligament (ACL) tear really cost? Young athletes don’t have a clue. I’ll never forget sitting with Katherine and her dad as we looked at the video of her performance in the screening exercises. I cautioned … 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