In this edition of our NSCAC Newsletter, we're featuring an article from our Executive Director John DeBenedictis, which summarizes the topic of a letter that the NSCAC sent to FIFA regarding a proposed rule change, as well as a video from Richard Bucciarelli, our Director of Sports Science and President of Soccer Fitness Inc., from our recent 'Learning and Performing the Physical and Technical Game' Clinic, which was held in December of 2018.
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To Sub or Not to Sub
A Suggestion to Change FIFA LAW 3 on behalf of ALL Coaches
by John DeBenedictis
A year or so ago, I was switching channels on my remote control looking for a soccer game to watch. Just as I found a game between Manchester United and Saint-Étienne, I saw players huddled around a player on the ground. The referee was there talking to players on both teams but all parties looked concerned as the player on the ground was not moving and being attended to by a couple of trainers. The injury looked serious but I had not seen what had happened
While the player lay there, they showed the replay of the injury. As the ball was played into the box, Smalling accidentally smashes his head into Perrin’s. Perrin looked to have taken a pretty big hit on the head and went down.
When he finally got up, a close up of Perrin showed that he looked drowsy as he made his way off the field. I thought to myself that he would be substituted for.
To my surprise and amazement, a few minutes later he came back onto the field. Did he receive a small concussion? As a coach, regardless of how hard the player gets knocked on the head, I would say that 90% of the time, the player would try and convince me that he was OK to keep playing. Most of the time, players are very convincing that they are able to return to action. I’ve probably done it myself when I was a player. But in all cases, as a coach, I pulled the player off. But I have never coached at a level where a win or loss could cost me a job or the ability to provide an income for me and my family.
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Physiological Responses to Warm-Up and Speed Endurance Training
by Richard Bucciarelli and Farzad Yousefian
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