Spring Season – Part 2 (Training Focus)

This blog series is aimed at the high school player, and will provide you with research, programming tips and information that we have gathered over the years.
In the last post we looked at trends we have observed over the last decade in high school girls soccer, basically showing a loss of athleticism and increase in

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Spring Season – Part 1 (What to Expect)

This blog series is aimed at the high school player, and will provide you with research, programming tips and information that we have gathered over the years.
For over 10 years we have monitored the year round training of our high school girls, and over that time we have compiled quite a bit of information about

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Final Stages of ACL Return to Sport

Last week I put up a post that documents our ACL Return to Sport program and over the last few days I have received emails asking to see some of these activities in action. I videoed a few of the drills from our session last night with 2 girls who are in the final stages

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ACL Series: From Reducing the Risk to Return to Confidence

As spring approaches, and the high school female soccer players return to the field. We though it might be good to review some of the literature regarding ACL injuries and how our program has integrated training progressions that attempt to reduce the risk of this devastating injury. Over the last few days I have put

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RESEARCH: Odd Shaped Balls – Reactive Skill Development?

Last week at the NSCAA National Conference, I picked up a few balls from Corpus Training LLC to start a study on reactive dribbling and quick feet that we plan to start in the Spring. Last night I began our process, by letting some of our athletes play with the Rasenreich balls in a “free

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Early Specialization in Youth Soccer – A “Catch 22”

As a fitness professional, youth club staff member, and soccer dad, I hear ALL sides of the discussions about “early specialization in youth sports across the U.S.” While this trend affects many youth sports, this dilemma as it pertains to the American soccer landscape is the most interesting in my opinion. FACT– The U.S. is

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RESEARCH: Enhancing Max Velocity Sprints with Weight Vests and Sled Pulls

A recent study on 20 college players from the Haverford College’s Athletic Department was performed by the University of Pennsylvania’s Human Performance Laboratory (Authors Clark, K., Stearne, D., Walts, C., and Miller, A. – Published in the December 2010 – Vol. 24 No. 12 Issue of the

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