In this section, our Director of Athletic Performance (APP) will post physical fitness and athletic performance tips, research articles, latest news and a write a blog.  Stay connected to the latest trends and news as it relates to the athletic development, strength and conditioning, and injury reduction strategies of our athletes!

Notes from our Director of Athletic Performance, James Wagenschutz

Welcome to the FC Boulder Fitness Blog!

In an attempt to keep everyone up-to-date with current and relevant fitness, health and physical preparation information, we will post articles, comments, ideas, stories, etc. to this blog on a regular basis.  We will try to make it relevant to youth soccer, but some research, stories or articles may be from all over the world and in various contexts.  Our hope is you find the information valuable and translatable to the person, family and team you are working with.

It is meant to serve as an informative route to increase your knowledge, not directives, but also to ensure we, as coaches, are thinking critically about what we do, why we do what we do, how we do it, when we do it and so on.  As with most things in life, debates about fitness strategies are inherent and you can opt out at any time by clicking on the link below.

We do hope that you read the information posted or visit the links provided.  Feel free to write us with comments and suggestions.

5/22/15- PLAY

Play is defined along a continuum as more or less playful using a set of behavioral and dispositional criteria:

PLAY IS PLEASURABLE. Children must enjoy the activity or it is not play.

PLAY IS INTRINSICALLY MOTIVATED. Children engage in play simply for the satisfaction the behavior itself brings. It has no extrinsically motivated function or goal.

PLAY IS PROCESS ORIENTED. When children play, the means are more important than the ends.

PLAY IS FREELY CHOSEN. It is spontaneous and voluntary. If a child is pressured, she will likely not think of the activity as play.

PLAY IS ACTIVELY ENGAGED. Players must be physically and/or mentally involved in the activity.

PLAY IS NON-LITERAL. It involves make-believe. Play benefits cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.

Source: Krasnor & Pepler, 1980; Rubin, Fein, & Vandenberg, 1983

Yours in physical preparation for soccer and life,

Wags

Fairness in Soccer

Coaches, Great article. Please read! Fairness in Soccer Wags

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Absorbing and Producing Force

This is what our bodies skeleton is designed to do…..absorb and produce force.  Can your athletes absorb (decelerate/brake) and produce (accelerate/sprint) force? Wags    

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12-Week Spartan Challenge- Are You In?

Coaches, It’s been awhile since our last blog and the spring season is already upon us! Time flies. I know you may already be underway with trainings, pre-season tourneys, forming leadership among the team, planning “fitness” days, etc. One thing you cannot escape, though, is the “ask” of your athletes. The “ask” to sleep well, […]

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Soft-assembled Multilevel Dynamics of Tactical Behaviors in Soccer

Coaches, There is a growing trend in “soccer research and analytics” about the behaviors of players in matches (why some run less than others or run less/more on certain days, how many times players pass to to their “friends” vs. just making a pass, etc.)  Here is a really cool research article on tactical behaviors of […]

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End of Season Injury Management

Coaches, Congrats on another great season at FC Boulder!  I’ve seen how hard you work with our players, the care for them, the questions you ask to make them think, providing quality training environments…I could go on and on.   You do a thankless job and I know our community is enhanced because of your […]

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The Overprotected Kid

Coaches, Please read this article from the Atlantic regarding overprotected kids. Please reply and/or share any comments. Wags

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FREE Wednesday Fitness Classes

Coaches, For you and your team managers…….please pass along. FREE Fitness Class at the Sports Performance Center in Lafayette 9:30-10:30am every Wednesday until someone else wants the space. All abilities welcome! Lose weight, get stronger, have fun! We generally mix it up between circuit training, lifting, mobility/flexibility, core and running. Bring athletic clothing and a […]

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Periodization Blog

Coaches, Below is a great summary of periodization by a respected research strength coach and the difficulty in “getting it right”. If you use our sport demands (high intensity intermittent sport) as the starting point for your training plans, that’ll help close any potential easy gaps. “Periodization” (by Matt Jordan – @JordanStrength) Periodization is not […]

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Stop Using Ladders for Soccer Agility -Especially during TEAM CAMP

Coaches, As we prepare for Team Camp and the excitement of working with players in the 2016-17 season, I strongly recommend (if you are using them) that you stop using speed ladders for soccer “agility”. Soccer, as you know, is an open chained, decision based reactive sport which requires the ability to change direction quickly. […]

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Why Children Quit Sports

Coaches, One of the more humbling parts of my journey is constantly looking in the mirror…..do I reflect the values I’m teaching athletes?   Some days are hard and some are easy…no more excuses.  Be the example. Just look in the mirror…..   Wags      

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Fitness Tips and Ideas:

FCB Movement Preparation FA 2014

Agility Exercises Card

Physiology of soccer an update


Fitness Newsletters:

FCB Fitness Weekly #1

FCB Fitness Weekly #2

FCB Fitness Weekly #3

Position Specific Fitness Training Coaches

Athletic Performance Videos

Movement Preparation Videos

Hip Rotation - Hands on Hips

Hip Rotation w/ Knee Drive

Upper Back Mobility

Lunge and Reach

Balance Matrix - Single Leg

Pivots - Arms Overhead

Jog Forward-Back w/Arm Circles

Squat Matrix - Feet Offset

Shuffle - Feet Offset

Walking Hamstring Lunge

Light Skip into Carioca

Partner Reaches

Partner Reaches with Hop

2 Leg to Single Leg Hops

Hop, Turn, Accelerate

Bounding - Knees Up High