Protein 101

Protein is one of three macronutrients required by the body to keep things going, the other two of these are carbohydrates and fats. When it comes to choosing a protein, there are several options- and they are NOT created equally.

Hydration in Youth Athletes

General Daily Fluid Requirements: 4- to 8-year-old children need about 7.5 cups of fluids per day 9- to 13-year-old females need about 9 cups of fluids per day 9- to 13-year-old males need about 10 cups of fluids per day  On high-activity days, the timing of hydration becomes an extra important factor. As general rules of thumb, the following guidelines can be helpful:   Before Exercise: Drink 16 ounces of water two hours before activity begins and another 8-16 ounces right before exercising. During Exercise:  Every 15-20 minutes, drink at least 4-6 ounces of fluid during vigorous exercise. For less vigorous exercise, decrease the amount slightly. After Exercise: Drink 16-24 ounces of water for every pound lost during […]

The 10,000-Hour Rule and Soccer Training: Why Basic Team Practices May Not Be Enough

The 10,000-hour rule, popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in his book “Outliers: The Story of Success,” suggests that it takes around 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to master a skill. While this rule has been challenged and debated, it still provides a valuable insight into the role of dedicated practice in achieving success. In the world of soccer, basic team practices are crucial for honing skills and developing teamwork. However, these practices alone may not be enough to unlock a player’s full potential. In this article, we’ll explore the 10,000-hour rule and how it applies to soccer training. The Importance of Deliberate Practice in Soccer Deliberate practice is defined as a […]

Accelerating Soccer Training: The Power of Differential Learning

Soccer, the world’s most popular sport, demands agility, speed, and quick decision-making from its players. As a result, coaches are always on the lookout for innovative and effective training methods to enhance players’ skills and performance. One such method that has been gaining traction in recent years is differential training, a novel approach to skill acquisition that emphasizes variability and adaptability. As an expert author specializing in human development, I will explore the concept of differential training and how it can be used to accelerate soccer training. Understanding Differential Training Differential training is a learning approach that involves the systematic introduction of variability into the practice sessions. This variability can […]

How to Cure Shin Splints for Soccer Players

Are you tired of having shin pain after playing a round of soccer? Being a footballer is not easy; your sport asks you to be on your feet all the time. While you practice running, handling, kicking, and dribbling drills for hours on grass, you’re prone to bruises during a soccer match. This often results in shin splints which is an unavoidable soccer-related injury. Let’s discuss in detail how to cure shin splints caused during soccer play. What Do You Mean By Shin Splints? You’re most likely to get diagnosed with shin splints or medial tibial stress syndrome if you’re having pain along the shin bone (tibia). Pain mostly […]