injury prevention

Coming back after a soccer injury can be physically and psychologically challenging for young players. As coaches, we must support them while they’re unable to play, be careful not to rush them back, and provide encouragement when it’s time for them to return. In this Q&A, we discuss some effective methods of injury prevention, ways to keep players involved while they’re going through recovery, and how to safely reintegrate them after a soccer injury. In This Article What Is the First Step to Recovering From…

Context Matters: Revisiting the First Step of the “Sequence of Prevention” of Sports Injuries Caroline Bolling, Willem van Michelen, H. Roeline Pasman, Evert Verhagen The Big Idea This research literature review paper was published in the journal Sports Medicine in 2018.  The problem these researchers are concerned with is sports injury prevention.  A little more than 25 years ago a seminal paper was published proposing a sequential, stepped approach to injury prevention.  Over the years this linear approach has been used, abused, tinkered with, and…

In this Masterclass Webinar replay, we are joined by PhD Researcher, Megan Hill from the University of Bath for an in depth discussion on growth and maturation in youth football. Talent development and understanding performance versus potential is a complex topic. The progression from childhood, through adolescence to adulthood is characterised by an individual experiencing growth, maturation, and development. This process is unique to each child, it can be slow and steady or be full of huge growth spurts and challenging injuries. These influences can…

In this Masterclass Discussion, PDP Editor, Dave Wright sits down with Parkour coach, Ben Westbook and physiotherapist Jade Martin. Ben and Jade are experts in human movement and in this conversation we discuss injury prevention, functional movement, integrating variety into sports programs, specialisation and more. This is an insightful conversation with two innovators in youth development with some great tips for coaches and parents. Image Source: Liam Shaw on Unspalsh

In this Masterclass Discussion we are joined by Sean Reed, former first team coach at Fulham FC.  Sean shares some crucial lessons from his coaching journey so far, which has taken him from the academy game to first team. Sean’s extensive experience has made him a wealth of knowledge. Some of the key topics we discussed were: The academy journey: from age appropriate learning, to emerging trends in academy coaching, and how both formal and informal learning have shaped his coaching. Session design: discovering what…

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