• The Different Paths for Ref Development
    The United States is such a large and pluralistic society so it makes sense that there are different paths for a soccer ref to develop, unlike in many other countries.
  • As soccer reboots, reffing requires managing a variety of guidelines
    The coaches and all the substitutes are supposed to be wearing masks. Although I've noticed the coaches complying, their subs have not.
  • Ankle sprain recovery: When can I play again?
    Without proper management, an ankle sprain, typically brushed off as a minor inconvenience, can lead to more severe sprains and chronic problems
  • An easy, important task for youth coaches: Take a few minutes to explain the game
    The U-9 kids were playing for the first time in 10 months, and the game wasn't the same one they had played on small fields with small goals last fall.
  • A return to reffing with COVID prevention precautions
    I wore a mask upon entering and leaving the field, took it off when I was refereeing and wore it during the match as an AR if people were around me.
  • What to eat before sports: A practical approach to pre-training and pregame nutrition
    Answering a few questions can lead you to right nutrition plan for before your workouts or games.
  • Does Stretching Help? Answer: Yes, and No
    It turns out that the most effective way to reduce injury risk is through increased strength, followed by improved balance.
  • Beware of exercises that can hurt knees when not done correctly
    There's quite a bit of controversy between fitness professionals and medical professionals about the safety of various lower extremity conditioning activities.
  • Drink up: Hydration tips for summer soccer
    Hydration is a key element in proper sports safety, and a good hydration strategy will also improve performance.
  • Heat and humidity can be lethal for your players -- here's what to know
    It can be OK to practice in 100-degree weather, or it could be dangerous. It depends on the humidity factor.
  • U.S. Soccer releases 'full team competition' return-to-play guidlines (for when it's safe)
    In mid-July, the USA has averaged 60,000 new reported cases of COVID-19 for the last seven days -- three times as many as reported in the beginning of June.
  • Teenage athletes beware of RED-S: An under-recognized sports health disorder
    Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) is a serious health condition typically affecting teenage athletes.
  • Post-Workout Protein: What Your Muscles Need
    Protein intake is necessary to maintain muscle mass, and for most of us the best way to find our protein is through clean, natural dietary sources.
  • U.S. Soccer releases Phase 2 practice guide for return to play
    U.S. Soccer has added the Phase 2 guide, which reintroduces full-team training, to its Grassroots Soccer Recommendations Guide.
  • Active Recovery: The next piece in getting back to sports
    Active recovery is a process through which you use light exercise, tissue mobilization techniques, and even sleep to improve your recovery from more intense exercise sessions.
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