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.
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,
Coaches, Experience level influences the effect of attentional focus on sprint performance is one of the best papers I’ve read in regards to coaching. Enjoy! Wags
Coaches, Great article. Please read! Fairness in Soccer Wags
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
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Coaches, Please read this article from the Atlantic regarding overprotected kids. Please reply and/or share any comments. Wags
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 […]
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 […]
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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