Health and safety

Soccer players and nutrition – fact and fiction

by Dr. Donald T. Kirkendall There are more myths that coaches, players and parents may be following, but below four of the more common myths are dispelled. By following the nutritional guidelines below, players, coaches and teams can put themselves in an advantageous position before the match starts. Myth 1: Game performance is not affected […]

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Treating sprains and strains

Sprains and strains are among the most common injuries in all sports, including soccer. Here are some facts about sprains and strains from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. What is a sprain? A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament, the fibrous band of connective tissue that joins the end of one […]

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Risk assessments for youth soccer coaches

This soccer coaching risk assessment is provided as an example. You should identify the hazards at your own coaching sessions and matches and take appropriate action to minimise any risk to your players. Clee Community/Broughton Ravers Football Festival – risk assessment HAZARD CONTROLS MEASURES IN PLACE RISK FACTOR FURTHER CONTROL MEASURES Goalposts (both permanent and […]

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Risk assessments for youth soccer coaches

This soccer coaching risk assessment is provided as an example. You should identify the hazards at your own coaching sessions and matches and take appropriate action to minimise any risk to your players. Clee Community/Broughton Ravers Football Festival – risk assessment HAZARD CONTROLS MEASURES IN PLACE RISK FACTOR FURTHER CONTROL MEASURES Goalposts (both permanent and […]

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Isotonic, hypertonic, hypotonic or water?

Dehydration Sweating is the way in which the body maintains its core temperature at 37 degrees centigrade. This results in the loss of body fluid and electrolytes (minerals such as chloride, calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium) and if unchecked will lead to dehydration and eventually circulatory collapse and heat stroke. The effect of fluid loss […]

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Growth spurts

Growth spurts can be a big issue for some children. They have a disorientating affect on their sporting activities and make them more susceptible to injury. When do they strike? Girls tend to have growth spurts between the ages of seven and 12, while boys typically experience growth spurts later – usually from 10 to […]

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Frosty pitch inspections

Youth soccer coaches have to be careful not to allow matches to go ahead on unsuitable pitches. There can often be pressure to allow the game to go ahead from your own team (who are usually keen to play no matter what the conditions) and the opposition (who may have travelled a considerable distance). However, […]

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First aid advice

When you accept the role of coach, you accept a major responsibility for the care and safety of your players. Although your children must share in the responsibility for their protection and safety, their ability to understand what they can do, how they can do it, and whether they are doing it correctly, may be […]

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