Today, we are going to talk about the mental side of injury and how to be confident when coming back to your sport.
When I was 12, I tore my ACL and it played a huge role in my lack of confidence as a player. It was one of the toughest things for me as a player and where my lack of confidence stemmed from.
I want to provide you with some tips that will be beneficial for you and your recovery from your injury. If you are healthy, listen up! This is important for you too. I want you to put this in your back pocket, in case you ever need it in the future.
Tip #1: Work hard while you are injured
It is important to get your strength, flexibility, and mobility back. The more work you put in, the better shape you'll be in when you are healthy again, and it'll be a lot easier transition for you.
Tip #2: Trust yourself
Trust your body, that it's healthy, and that it's strong and ready to play again. Be proud of yourself for having to courage to try again. Go out and play...
Today's blog is focused on one question:
How can I become a better leader without being bossy?
As female athletes, we don't want to be bossy and we don't want to be disliked by anyone on the team. Most girls deeply crave the approval of their teammates and friends.
Today, I'm going to teach you how to become a well respected leader. Here are 3 steps to help you become the leader you have always wants to be.
Step 1: Be the hardest working player on the field
It is simple and something you can always control. Always put 100% effort, and your teammates will respect you. Show your teammates that you care and want to work hard and contribute to the team.
Step 2: Be a positive force on the team
Encourage your teammates by telling them it is okay to make a mistake. Motivate them to work hard in a positive way. Show them that you care about them and that you want them to succeed.
Step 3: Be a great communicator
Communication is a two way street. You need to be open...
I've got a super important topic that to share on the blog today. As athletes, we tend to get wrapped up in our identity in our sport as an athlete. I am completely guilty of this and struggled with this a ton when I was done playing soccer. It is important to find your identity outside of sports because one day, you won't play sports anymore...
You have to figure out who you are.
So who are you?
The first thing that you need to do to find your identity outside of sports, is to realize that sports is what you do, NOT who you are. It takes a little bit of self awareness and a little bit of thought to figure this out.
Number two is to find new passions, learn new things, and gain confidence in doing things other than just your sport. When you gain confidence and try new things outside of your sport, you gain confidence as a person. Try new things that you can gain confidence in to prove to yourself that you are a confident person.
Number three is to realize that when you're done...
Now that summer is here, it's time to focus on training. Because of the quarantine, a lot of you have gone without team practices. Without this organization, you may be having a hard time staying motivated. So, I thought today would be the perfect time to teach you how to become more motivated and consistent with training.
I have been reading a book called Limitless by Jim Kwik, who is a brain coach. Jim's formula for motivation is: Motivation=purpose x energy x small daily actions.
I'm going to break down each step based on how I see it.
First, you need to figure out is your purpose. Why do you want to do the thing that you're trying to do? Why does it matter to you? If it doesn't matter to you, you're not going to go try.
Second, you have to have energy to stay motivated. You have to sleep well, eat well, and stay hydrated.
And third, my favorite, is small daily actions or habits. If you don't put in small actions every single day, I promise you that it's not...
Visualization can be a great tool for your daughter to use to be successful and feel more confident.
Visualization is kind of an interesting topic. I’m a huge believer in it and that it can help you in all areas of your life.
It’s rarely talked about youth sports, and in my opinion it’s not used nearly enough.
There are several ways that using visualization can help improve your daughters performance on the field.
Before a game if she is to visualize herself making a good play, scoring a goal, or being aggressive then she is much more likely to perform that way in the game.
The whole point of visualization is to get your mind to focus in on something and experience results that you want.
So not only will it help her to play better but another huge thing that visualization will help as her ability to be confident.
Once she has visualized, and has experienced the feeling of being successful -she’s more likely to achieve that result and be confident when...
Over the last few weeks, I've worked with three different college teams, and two different club teams, and the number one thing that they've been struggling with is how to stay unifying and engaged as a team during this time where we can't be together.
I'm a huge advocate and believer of the power of team chemistry. And it's something that's really suffering right now, because teams aren't able to have the same interactions, or do the same activities like we used to do.
We're all trying to pivot and change the way we do things, and although things may start to turn around this month, it's important to take action now instead of waiting to build team chemistry.
This is going to be the season where you're going to be able to see the teams that are really making an effort to bond together and went above and beyond to improve their team chemistry- then you're going to be able to see the teams that didn't even get on a single zoom call, or do anything as a team to improve their...
Being a good teammate is often overlooked when it comes to the grand scheme of things.
If you want to make a new team or play in college, you will have a really hard time if you are an awful teammate.
People talk, and if word gets around that no one wants to be your teammate, bets are that that new team you want to join wont take you because they don’t want one bad apple to spoil the rest.
Let’s go through a few ways to be the best teammate and leader ever!!
Do not YELL at your teammate when they make a mistake. If they keep messing up over and over again, go talk to them to see what’s going on. Maybe you can help them out or maybe they don’t realize what they’re doing is wrong.
There will be times when you need to step up and be a leader on your team, and times when you need to take a step back and take the lead of others.
The most important trait to being a good...
One of the most important skills that you must have in order to be a well rounded athlete is learning how to deal with adversity.
No one likes having to deal with adversity but we can’t live without, and more importantly, we can’t grow without it.
Adversity will come in many forms – on and off the field: Injury, getting cut from a team, being bullied, not getting playing time…
The list goes on..
It is absolutely critical for you to learn how to deal with it so you can learn and become stronger from it.
(This goes for on and off the field)
Here’s how you can make adversity work for you, not against you:
Taking a failure/adversity and turning it into something positive
Failure and adversity is going to happen no matter how talented you are or how hard you work. Although you don’t have total control over the bad things that happen, you CAN control how to react to it.
Don’t let failure control you. You have power to take a failure...
Now that High school season is starting for the older girls, I wanted to give you some tips to be successful on and off the field this season!
One of the most important things that you must nail down in order to succeed on and off the soccer field is time management!
In high school, you will have much more freedom and responsibility with your schedule. You’ll also have more things to juggle such as school work, soccer, social events, and other extracurricular activities.
Therefore, it’s super important to be able to manage your time so that you can get good grades and still have time for soccer and hanging out with friends.
I’ve seen too often when kids don’t manage their time and they either let their grades slip, they stop showing up to practice, or they have zero social life!
All of these things are important, so time management will be your best friend in high school and beyond!
Here are a few tools and concepts that will help you with time management:
One question that I have been getting a lot when it comes to college soccer recruiting is “How do I make a highlight video and is it necessary?”
Highlight videos can be a great way to be evaluated by a college coach that may not be able to watch you play in person…
…but not all coaches use highlight videos to evaluate players.
For example, big schools like UCLA have a bigger budget to travel and go see players in person- and coaches will always elect to watch players in person over on video if possible.
But, not all schools have the means to travel to around the country to watch players in person- and therefore they will use highlight videos to recruit players that are not local.
With that being said, a highlight video isn’t 100% necessary but it definitely doesn’t hurt to use them.
Here is when your daughter should use highlight videos: