Health and safety

Football food

Sport nutrition, diet or food and drink, for football players is becoming increasingly scientific and recognised for its importance in the game of football. Almost every professional club will have a nutritionist or similar expert advisor for their team. This article covers the most important principles of sport nutrition for amateur players and coaches. Why […]

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Child abuse in youth soccer

What is abuse and how do I recognise it? Physical Abuse Physical Abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, kicking, punching, pinching, biting, choking, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer feigns the symptoms of, or deliberately causes […]

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Warm up or lose out

Pre-match warm-up routines are very important. They get your players ready to play, both physically and mentally, and they need to be planned as carefully as a training session. If you don’t plan an effective pre-match warm-up, you will be putting your players’ health and safety at risk. Recent studies have shown that warming up […]

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Can you play too much soccer?

I had an email from a parent concerned that his children (one U8, the other U10) were playing soccer four or five times per week during the off season, with their teams and in various clinics and that this was perhaps too much.It poses the question, is there such a thing as ‘too much soccer?’ […]

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How to prevent and treat injuries

Children get lots of benefits from playing football. They learn new skills, how to be a member of a team and how to take responsibility for their own actions. They also make friends, improve their fitness and, if they are coached properly, their raised self-esteem will flow through and enrich other areas of their lives, […]

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Treating soccer injuries – the R.I.C.E method

The first 24 – 48 hours after an injury occurs are critical. You must use the RICE method if further damage and pain are to be avoided. R = Rest rest the injured area to stop further damage and bleeding. I = Ice should be applied as soon as possible as it slows down blood […]

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Summer soccer – be careful!

Summer football tournaments are usually an enjoyable way to spend a day – even if your team doesn’t get past the qualifying rounds! However, even the most well run tournament will present some risks to the health and safety of your players. As coach it’s your responsibility to make sure everyone is aware of these […]

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Sports injuries in children

Reproduced by kind permission of the Federation of Holistic Therapists On the whole, sport is good for children. Not only does it tackle the thorny issue of childhood obesity (and related conditions, such as type II diabetes), participating in competitive sport is also said to improve self-esteem, team spirit, self-discipline and motor skills. But although […]

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