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The Great Debate: Early vs Late Specialization in Sports

There are coaches in many different sports who believe that athletes should specialize in their sport very early – training only in their sport, almost every day, from a very young age – sometimes as young as 9 or 10 years old.   Other coaches prefer late specialization, where an athlete trains in multiple sports throughout elementary and even [...]

By | June 3rd, 2021|2021, Coaching, Featured, Fitness, For Coaches, For Parents, Injuries, Science|Comments Off on The Great Debate: Early vs Late Specialization in Sports

Return-to-Play after COVID – What Coaches and Athletes NEED to Know 

Over the past 10 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly everyone in the world, from children to the elderly, public sector employees to private business owners, and of course, front-line health care workers and medical staff.  Sports have endured large-scale shut-downs, cancellations, postponements of athletic training and competition, at both the amateur and professional levels, and everything in between.    Of course, over the Summer and [...]

By | January 21st, 2021|2021, Coaching, COVID-19, Featured, Fitness, For Coaches, Injuries, Science|Comments Off on Return-to-Play after COVID – What Coaches and Athletes NEED to Know 

Load Management – The Key to Better Fitness Training

For more on this topic check out our FREE webinar - Prescribe & Monitor Training Load Without Expensive, Time Consuming & Hard to Use Technology.   Periodization is fast becoming a popular buzz word among soccer coaches and fitness coaches.    Last summer, the city of Toronto became captivated by the Toronto Raptors’ first-ever NBA [...]

By | April 17th, 2020|2020, Coaching, COVID-19, Featured, Fitness, For Coaches, For Parents, Injuries, Science|Comments Off on Load Management – The Key to Better Fitness Training

The One Most Overlooked Injury Risk Factor in Female Soccer – and What Coaches Can Do About It

Female soccer players are – and have always been – at a high risk of sustaining injuries, especially during their teenage years. Numerous causal factors for this high injury risk have been described and documented in scientific literature, among them the anatomical changes that occur in females’ bodies post-puberty, such as a widening of the [...]

By | September 18th, 2018|2018, Coaching, Fitness, For Coaches, For Parents, Injuries, Science|0 Comments

In Soccer – As In Life – it Doesn’t Pay to ‘Go With Your Gut’

Imagine this scenario: you coach two players who compete for a starting spot at right fullback. In the past four pre-season matches, both players have had equal playing time, and each has started two out of the four matches. One of the players – let’s call him player “A” – has played well overall in [...]

By | September 4th, 2018|2018, Coaching, For Coaches, Matches, Science|0 Comments

Gross Domestic Product is the Best Predictor of Performance in the FIFA / Coca Cola World Rankings – BUT is it the True Secret to Success in International Soccer?

In what I hope will be my final PhD coursework assignment, I was recently required to collect a set of data, and then analyse it using MATLAB, a multi-paradigm numerical computing software used by computer programmers, and biomechanics students like me. Naturally, I decided to collect some data on soccer. My rationale for choosing the [...]

By | August 27th, 2018|2018, For Coaches, Matches, Science|0 Comments

3 Ways Fitness Helped Croatia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

On Sunday, July 15th, in front of a packed crowd at Moscow’s Luzhinski Stadium, the French National Soccer Team won their second FIFW World Cup, beating Croatia – who were making their first-ever appearance at an international final of any kind – by a final score of 4-2. It was an entertaining match which included [...]

By | July 23rd, 2018|2018, Coaching, For Coaches, Matches|0 Comments

3 Things You MUST Do If You Are Injured – Gols Video Blog #70: 1/26/2018

Hi Everyone, Happy New Year! In this edition of the Soccer Fitness Gols Video Blog, I discuss soccer injuries, what soccer players should do if and when they are injured, and we provide specific suggestions to keep players integrated into training and match play when they cannot fully participate. Hope you like it and as [...]

By | January 26th, 2018|2018, Coaching, For Coaches, For Parents, Injuries|0 Comments

Using Low “Passing Centrality” in Possession to Beat the World’s Best Soccer Team – Soccer Fitness Video Blog #69: 1/7/2018

Hi Everyone, Happy New Year! In this edition of the Soccer Fitness Gols Video Blog, I discuss the recent El Classico match between Real Madrid (the reigning 2016 and 2017 UEFA Champions League champions and 2017 La Liga champions) and Barcelona, on December 23rd, 2017. Barcelona won this match 3-0 and dominated from the outset. [...]

By | January 7th, 2018|For Coaches, For Parents, Matches|0 Comments

It's Time to STOP "Holiday" Soccer Camps! Soccer Fitness Gols Video Blog #67: 12/31/2017

Hi Everyone, I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable Holiday season! In keeping with the Holiday theme, this edition of the Soccer Fitness Gols Video Blog discusses the prevalence of "Holiday" soccer camps that run throughout the December/January Christmas break, and whether or not it is worthwhile for young soccer players to participate [...]

By | December 31st, 2017|Fitness, For Coaches, For Parents|0 Comments