Helping Our Female Athletes Be Confident, not Cocky

Talk about being surrounded by beautiful women… John Daly is loving this. He would tell you so; the ladies would just nod and smile – and defer to their teammates. Here’s how I know. I got to enjoy the company … Continue reading

Coach as First Responder When a Young Athlete Gets Injured

As coaches we are not meant to be sports medicine experts and we shouldn’t overstep our credentials. But, let’s face it; we’re our athletes’ first responders. When they go down on the field, the referee signals for us to come … Continue reading

Save the Knees: Beating ACL Injuries with Prevention

On July 10, 2011, Ali Krieger pounded home the penalty kick that advanced the U.S. Women’s National Team past Marta and the Brazilians in the 2011 Women’s World Cup quarterfinals. Remember? We couldn’t stop watching the replays. Now, it’s 2012 … Continue reading

Concussion Conundrum: Referees’ Role In Preventing Head Injuries

Everyone agrees: We don’t want our young players suffering concussions. The difficulty comes in figuring out how to minimize them. There is a lot to this conversation; I only just scratched the surface in a two-part article. In the first, … Continue reading

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

Concussion in Youth Sports Part I: A Shaking of the Brain with Serious Consequences

The kid is everywhere. She’s taking command of the midfield and dictating play. Balls in the air. Balls on the ground. Nothing gets past her. She camps under another punt, and tenses, ready to send it forward.  She goes up … Continue reading

Thank you, Vienna Youth Soccer Striker Parents

Author’s note: I just finished six weeks working with the Vienna Youth Soccer (VYS) Strikers, 3 teams of U14 girls soccer players who compete in WAGS and ODSL. They are professionally trained by Gerardo Ramirez, Elise Fasick and Andon Tsarev. They … 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

Good Coaches Make Youth Sports Healthy

“Youth sports is out of control! We need to go back to the good ole days when everyone played for fun in their neighborhoods!”  The old days were good, but they’re gone. Now, issues of safety, distance, parental work schedules, and … Continue reading

Fit2Finish Will Present ‘Fit to the Final Whistle’ at the VYSA Conference Feb. 3/4

Fit2Finish will be presenting Fit to the Final Whistle to coaches, trainers and athletes at the Virginia Youth Soccer Association Convention in Richmond on February 3 and 4. Coaches want their athletes to stay strong and execute their game plan all the … Continue reading