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November 22, 2016

NFHS survey: High school football decline is slowing

The latest national participation survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations revealed that more kids are playing prep sports than ever before. That’s a fine achievement, but the focus continues to be on football and whether...


November 11, 2016

Former Ill. prep soccer players awarded $1M in hazing settlement

Five former Illinois high school soccer players who alleged they were hazed by their teammates have been awarded $1 million in a settlement with the school district. The students, who played soccer at Maine West High School (Des Plaines), filed a ...


September 15, 2016

Study: Rate of injuries among youth soccer players has doubled

A new study released this week suggests that the rate of injuries among youth soccer players has dramatically increased since 1990. The study — conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Childr...


August 29, 2016

Study: Playing with a concussion doubles recovery time

From the University of Arkansas Young athletes with sport-related concussions who were not immediately removed from the field took nearly twice as long to recover as those who did not continue to play, according to a research team led by Universit...


November 10, 2015

U.S. Soccer recommends ban on headers for youth players

U.S. Soccer announced Monday its recommendation to ban headers for the sport's youth players in an effort to minimize the risks of concussions. [caption id="attachment_14540" align="alignright" width="284"] Photo: Kevin Hoffman[/caption] The a...


October 29, 2015

Study: Soccer leads to most ACL injuries in female athletes

Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have found that the majority of ACL injuries in female athletes come from playing soccer. [caption id="attachment_13260" align="alignright" width="272"] Soccer is responsible for the greatest ...


October 29, 2015

Energetic soccer conditioning drills

Conditioning is one of the most important aspects of soccer preparation, but with so many different strategies available to coaches it can be difficult to identify those that are most effective. Here are a few of my best conditioning drills. We us...


July 28, 2015

Self-Discpline is Key

Jason Adkins, head soccer coach at Smithson Valley High School (Texas), talks about the value in having disciplined players who are accountable for their actions. ...


July 21, 2015

Mapping how far athletes run during competition

Unless we're talking about track or cross country, its difficult to map exactly how far athletes run during competition. Fortunately for us, today's technology is helping us solve that problem. [caption id="attachment_13463" align="alignright" wi...


July 16, 2015

Schools can afford impressive stadium displays if they get creative

Telling score might be the least impressive feature of scoreboards these days. If your stadium doesn’t have the ability to play back in-game highlights or update scores from throughout the conference, you might be behind the curve. An athletic a...