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

‘Just Don’t Get Hurt’ – how do you play that game?

Dr. Wendy Lebolt returns with a telling look at the way managing, enduring and avoiding injuries takes its psychological toll on young athletes.

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

Woitalla: Rachel Buehler gives advice on injury recovery

U.S. Women’s National Team defender Rachel Buehler suffered ACL injuries, in separate incidents, in both knees, as a teenager. Soccer America’s Mike Woitalla sat down with Buehler to provide some advice for young players faced with the challenge of rehabilitating from injuries.

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

Separating fitness and skill (part 2 of 2)

Ever watched FC Barcelona’s midfield maestro Xavi? Do you think he and his teammates do windsprints to hone their ‘tiki taka’ skills? Jenn Schwartz talks about functional fitness training for soccer players in part two of her latest “Kicking Fit” article.

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By | February 3, 2013 | 3 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Separating fitness and skill (part 1 of 2)

Jenn Schwartz Biggle is back with her latest “Kicking Fit” article, a fascinating look at the important differences between fitness training and soccer training.

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By | January 17, 2013 | 4 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Why the player shouldn’t have final say on risking health

Athletes should not be given the final say on when to return to action following an injury.

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By | January 11, 2013 | 5 Comments | Tags: , ,

Hamstring injuries: We’ve outgrown our options

Hamstrings: They’re a soccer player’s best friend, but they can also become a nightmare. Physical trainer, biomechanics expert and youth soccer coach Jennifer Schwartz goes in-depth to provide some context on one of the game’s most common injuries in her latest guest blog for Soccer Wire.

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By | November 14, 2012 | 0 Comments | Tags: , , , ,

Are injuries bad luck, or preventable?

As an expert in sports injury prevention, and a member of the soccer community, physical trainer and biomechanics expert Jennifer Schwartz has witnessed the harmful progression of a perspective that it’s an accepted norm for athletes to compete while jured. Here she breaks down that notion in her first guest blog for Soccer Wire.

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By | October 2, 2012 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , ,

Picking out boots: How in the world do I choose?

Have you shopped for cleats lately? Kids’ cleats? It’s a pricey experience and quite an education. With a whole wall of the things in front of you, how do you know which pair is right? Our own Dr. Wendy Lebolt takes a look.

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By | August 29, 2012 | 2 Comments | Tags: ,

Coach as First Responder: The Trouble with Niggles

By Dr. Wendy Lebolt

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 on and check out their condition. This is a unique privilege – just ask any parent who has been prevented from coming on to attend to their injured warrior. As parents, we’re inclined to rescue. As coaches, we have to weigh our options.

As we run onto the field, the play we just saw is running through our minds. What happened? How did they get hurt? Did she get clipped from behind? Did he turn his ankle? Did her knee buckle? Was there a collision of heads? Of course, we are also picturing the particulars about this kid, thumbing through our mental file cabinet sorted by nickname and jersey number. Are they quick to tears? Do they shake stuff off easily? Will they insist on staying in the game no matter what?

When we reach them, we survey the scene. How they are lying, what they are bending or holding onto or rubbing. Or, heaven forbid, if they are not moving. Then we have to decide what to do next. This is my approach to triage.

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By | August 14, 2012 | 1 Comment | Tags:

Save the knees: Keeping kids in the game

In her latest TSW blog post, Dr. Wendy Lebolt looks at perhaps the most devastating — and these days, all too common — injury in soccer: the torn ACL.

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By | July 31, 2012 | 2 Comments | Tags:

Concussions: Not just a bump on the head (Part 2 of 2)

This week we present part 2 of TSW guest columnist Dr. Wendy Lebolt’s in-depth look at concussions, one of the most frightening, and rapidly-growing, injuries in youth soccer.

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By | June 20, 2012 | 4 Comments | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Concussions: Not just a bump on the head (Part 1 of 2)

This week TSW guest columnist Dr. Wendy Lebolt delves into concussions, one of the most frightening, and rapidly-growing, injuries in youth soccer.

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By | June 13, 2012 | 5 Comments | Tags: , , ,

Dr. Snodgrass: Dealing with asthma for soccer players

By Steven L. Snodgrass, M.D., F.A.C.S. I have been asked by many people to address asthma. It is a problem within youth sports, and soccer is no different. I am going to talk about asthma, but I am also going to show you how it is related to nutrition.  My job is to call upon […]

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By | October 26, 2010 | 0 Comments | Tags:

How long until someone dies of heatstroke on a synthetic turf field?

By Chris Hummer Did you know there are studies out there recording synthetic turf field surface temperatures of 200 degrees on a day when the air temperature was 98 degrees? Did you know that synthetic turf field surfaces are hotter than black asphalt? My feet know it. I am writing this article just two hours […]

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By | August 31, 2010 | 0 Comments | Tags: ,

High school versus club soccer; ten mistakes coaches make

The annual tug-of-war between club and high school soccer in many states has been around since the first days “travel” club soccer was invented and became a year-round option for players. Since then, it only seems to be getting worse, especially as more “showcase” travel events and elite leagues crop up and place additional demands […]

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By | April 30, 2010 | 2 Comments | Tags: , ,