How much do you really know about that guy or gal who showed up to coach your team? With the explosion of youth soccer in the U.S., many clubs are beating the bushes for coaches at the grassroots level, and that means parents should try to become discerning observers, says Dr. Wendy Lebolt.Continue Reading How much is a good coach worth?
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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.Continue Reading Raising an MVP: How does your kid measure up?
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.Continue Reading You can’t blame them for breaking the rules
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.Continue Reading Shin splint season: Danger looms when athletes change playing surfaces
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.Continue Reading Grip and Rip! Why we’re shopping for soccer cleats all wrong
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.Continue Reading Can players afford to take time off?
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.Continue Reading Concussion roulette: Unload that gun
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.Continue Reading Could Kyah Simon’s ACL tear have been prevented?
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.Continue Reading What do rankings tell us?
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.Continue Reading Forget Mike, I wanna be like Raul!
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.Continue Reading The injury you can’t see
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 […]Continue Reading Dear Abby…
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.Continue Reading The upside of injuries: Expect a silver lining
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 […]Continue Reading Concussions: Seeing double-standard
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.Continue Reading Good job, good effort – really?
Stanford senior goalkeeper Emily Oliver, a 2011 All-America and College Cup Defensive MVP, has retired from soccer for medical reasons.Continue Reading Concussions force Stanford NCAA champion goalkeeper to retire
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.Continue Reading Who’s doing your ACL?
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.Continue Reading Ask Michael Bradley: Ankle sprains are part of the game
Soccerwire.com contributor Dr. Wendy Lebolt returns with a blog post about the sometimes taboo, but increasingly important, training specialization known as injury prevention.Continue Reading It’s injury prevention – just don’t tell the kids
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.Continue Reading Dismantling the Dagwood sandwich: An equation for healthy youth sports
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.Continue Reading 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 offers a different perspective on what “getting better for next season” really entails.Continue Reading A focused approach to offseason summer training
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.Continue Reading It’s time to revisit the ACL injury prevention approach
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 – […]Continue Reading Another day of blue-chip UEFA Champions League action
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.Continue Reading The certainty of fatigue: Recognizing and avoiding overtraining