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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.

Advice Nov 26, 2013

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.

Advice Nov 22, 2013

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.

Advice Oct 17, 2013

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.

Advice Oct 10, 2013

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.

Advice Sep 08, 2013

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.

Advice Aug 09, 2013

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.

Advice Aug 06, 2013

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.

Advice Jun 21, 2013