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Raising an MVP: How does your kid measure up?

How does your kid measure up? That’s a pretty dangerous question, but we keep trying to find an answer, says SoccerWire blogger Dr. Wendy Lebolt.

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By | December 10, 2013 | 2 Comments | Tags: , ,

You can’t blame them for breaking the rules

When kids move from recreational to travel soccer, the rules change — but we often forget to explain this new world to the kids, writes SoccerWire blogger Dr. Wendy Lebolt’ in her latest post.

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By | December 3, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Shin splint season: Danger looms when athletes change playing surfaces

The cold and shortened days are driving us indoors – if we can find space (!) – for training and play. Lots of kids who have been soccering all fall will take a break (as advised in last week’s post) and play winter basketball or run winter (“indoor”) track. Just watch out when they change surfaces, notes Dr. Wendy Lebolt.

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By | November 26, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

Grip and Rip! Why we’re shopping for soccer cleats all wrong

Personal trainer and youth coach Jennifer Schwartz recently went shopping for new soccer shoes, and the questionable designs she saw on the shelves gave her pause, as she explains in her new blog post for SoccerWire.com.

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By | November 22, 2013 | 11 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Can players afford to take time off?

Feeling pressure to keep your team fit and sharp over the holiday period? SoccerWire.com blogger Dr. Wendy Lebolt has an important message for you: This is a time of year when the work you DON’T do may actually be more important to future success.

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By | November 20, 2013 | 3 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Concussion roulette: Unload that gun

This month Former USWNT star Briana Scurry’s struggles with concussion symptoms were featured in the Washington Post. The good news: Scurry is experiencing relief from the concussion symptoms she has endured for several years. The bad news: We are still confused about what a concussion is, explains SoccerWire.com blogger Dr. Wendy Lebolt.

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By | November 13, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

Could Kyah Simon’s ACL tear have been prevented?

Last month Kyah Simon, an Australian international who is one of NWSL’s most exciting young players, tore her ACL just moments after entering the Australia-USA match in San Antonio. Dr. Wendy Lebolt discusses why this heartbreaking setback might have been avoidable.

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By | November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

What do rankings tell us?

This week SoccerWire.com blogger Wendy Lebolt offers a slightly different tack on GotSoccer.com’s much-discussed move to include Under-10 and U-11 teams in its nationwide rankings system.

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By | October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

Forget Mike, I wanna be like Raul!

Raul Jimenez’s thrilling, game-winning bicycle-kick goal for Mexico on Oct. 11 inspired millions of viewers around the world, including SoccerWire.com’s Dr. Wendy Lebolt, who points out how much preparation went into the moment of magic that will have kids across the country following suit.

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By | October 23, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

The injury you can’t see

An athlete who is sidelined with a sports injury has to battle through more than the physical repair and recovery. Downtime, where they aren’t allowed to participate or compete, is especially hard on an athlete, as SoccerWire.com blogger Dr. Wendy Lebolt explains in this week’s entry.

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By | October 17, 2013 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Dear Abby…

Editor’s note: This is the latest blog post from Dr. Wendy Lebolt, a longtime coach and physiologist who is the founder of Fit2Finish, a Northern Virginia-based training, fitness and rehabilitation company which works with teams and individual players to maximize health and performance. The Soccer Wire is excited to present Wendy’s learned perspectives on the […]

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By | October 11, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

The upside of injuries: Expect a silver lining

Have you or one of your young players suffered a serious injury? Dr. Wendy Lebolt suggests that such setbacks can prove to be extremely positive forces in athletes’ lives as their recovery process unlocks new skills and perspectives.

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By | October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

Concussions: Seeing double-standard

Editor’s note: This is the latest blog post from Dr. Wendy Lebolt, a longtime coach and physiologist who is the founder of Fit2Finish, a Northern Virginia-based training, fitness and rehabilitation company which works with teams and individual players to maximize health and performance. The Soccer Wire is excited to present Wendy’s learned perspectives on the […]

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By | October 1, 2013 | 3 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Good job, good effort – really?

When is the time-worn phrase “good job, good effort” actually doing a disservice to your young athletes rather than consoling them? This week SoccerWire.com blogger Dr. Wendy Lebolt takes a thought-provoking look at how to talk to your kids after a poor performance on the field.

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By | September 24, 2013 | 6 Comments | Tags: ,

Concussions force Stanford NCAA champion goalkeeper to retire

Stanford senior goalkeeper Emily Oliver, a 2011 All-America and College Cup Defensive MVP, has retired from soccer for medical reasons.

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By | September 21, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

Who’s doing your ACL?

Did you or someone close to you tear an anterior cruciate ligament? Dr. Wendy Lebolt has some useful advice as you decide which surgeon will earn your trust for this common, but crucial, procedure.

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By | September 17, 2013 | 2 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Ask Michael Bradley: Ankle sprains are part of the game

In the latest blog post from Soccerwire.com’s Dr. Wendy Lebolt, the longtime coach and physiologist discusses the all too common ankle sprain and how to deal with it.

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By | September 9, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , , , ,

It’s injury prevention – just don’t tell the kids

Soccerwire.com contributor Dr. Wendy Lebolt returns with a blog post about the sometimes taboo, but increasingly important, training specialization known as injury prevention.

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By | September 8, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , ,

Dismantling the Dagwood sandwich: An equation for healthy youth sports

Soccerwire.com contributor Dr. Wendy Lebolt returns this week with an excellent look at the growing problem of overuse and repetition injuries among youth players, and what parents, coaches and kids can do to take a bit more off their overloaded plates.

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By | August 9, 2013 | 11 Comments | Tags: , ,

A focused approach to offseason training, part 2

Summer means offseason workouts for many players across North America. But are you and your team really using these workouts to maximum effect? SoccerWire.com fitness blogger Jennifer Schwartz returns this week with part 2 of her look at offseason training.

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By | August 6, 2013 | 10 Comments | Tags: , ,

A focused approach to offseason summer training

Summer means offseason workouts for many players across North America. But are you and your team really using these workouts to maximum effect? SoccerWire.com fitness blogger Jennifer Schwartz offers a different perspective on what “getting better for next season” really entails.

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By | June 21, 2013 | 7 Comments | Tags: , ,

It’s time to revisit the ACL injury prevention approach

Are ACL injuries an unavoidable hardship for female soccer players? That’s the conventional wisdom in some quarters, but SoccerWire.com fitness blogger Jennifer Schwartz thinks we’re long overdue for a second look at the underlying factors.

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By | May 14, 2013 | 8 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Another day of blue-chip UEFA Champions League action

By Roger Gonzalez Another fine day of UEFA Champions League soccer awaits today. On Tuesday, Juventus fell 2-0 at Bayern Munich in the quarterfinal first leg, while Paris Saint-Germain secured a tie at home to Barcelona after Lionel Messi left the game with an injury. Today, two more tasty clashes take center stage. Malaga – […]

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By | April 3, 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

The certainty of fatigue: Recognizing and avoiding overtraining

Fatigue is an ever-present aspect of competitive sports, and it should be both expected and dreaded, says Soccerwire.com contributor Jennifer Schwartz in her latest post, which delves into the mechanics, signs and dangers of overtraining.

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By | March 29, 2013 | 3 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Dr. James Andrews wants youth athletes to play less

Noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, who is known for working on professional athletes has been seeing a disturbing trend. Andrews is now seeing more young athletes – some as young as 12 years old – who have adult sports injuries that he attributes to specialization and professionalism.

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