In this edition of our NSCAC Newsletter, we're featuring another article from Richard Bucciarelli, our Director of Sports Science and President of Soccer Fitness Inc., as well as videos from Raffaele Tommarchio, UEFA 'A' Licensed coach and owner of www.icoachsoccer.org, a coaching education website, and from our recent Youth Development Clinic, which was held in September of this year
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The Most Overlooked Injury Risk Factor in Female Soccer - And What Coaches Can Do About It
by Richard Bucciarelli)
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 pelvis and corresponding adduction and internal rotation of the knees.
There is one other factor, however which – based on current scientific research – has been shown to contribute to increased risk of injuries in female athletes – including soccer players – yet most soccer coaches, even at the highest levels of the sport, are not as knowledgeable about it as they should be.
The factor in question is the increased risk of injury associated with the physiological changes which occur in females’ bodies during their menstrual cycle.
How exactly does the menstrual cycle lead to increased risk of injuries in female athletes? To understand and answer this question, a basic understanding of the physiology of the cycle is required.
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The Return of the Counter-Attack!
By Raffaele Tommarchio
This past summer the 2018 World Cup of soccer saw France winning their second World Cup in the history of the Competition.
On the technical side, The World Cup is also an opportunity to analyses new tactical trends in the game adopted by coaches in in their quest for the Holy Grail of soccer.
In this edition, one of the major trends seen was the “Return of the Counter-attack” - a tactical approach which was used by many different teams this year.
One of the teams that best adopted this approach was the talented Belgium. The link below shows a video I made, exploring some of the key situations and technical/tactical aspects of the Belgium counter-attack.
The Return of the Counter-Attack
Speed, Agility and Reaction Time on the Field, with the Ball By Richard Bucciarelli
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