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Kicking Up Your Soccer Performance

Friday, May 26, 2006

Female high school soccer players have a chance to get sage advice on how to improve their game and stay healthy from those who know it best – a NCAA Division I soccer player, a NCAA Division I athletic trainer for women’s college soccer, and athletic trainers from University Sports Medicine (USM). Sponsored by USM, the free seminar will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 5 at USM, 4901 Lac DeVille Blvd. Building D, Suite 110

Aquinas Institute graduate and captain of the Penn State varsity women’s soccer team Lindsay Bach will talk on the preparation needed to play winning soccer at the Division I collegiate level.  She will be joined by Lisa Malolepszy, A.T.C., who is the athletic trainer for Syracuse University’s women’s Division I soccer team. Malolepszy will discuss pre-season testing and the level of conditioning expected at Syracuse.

“This seminar should give athletes a good snapshot of what it takes to play winning soccer for top colleges,” said John Bernfield, A.T.C., director of the Performance Enhancement Program at USM. “What they’ll discover is that it takes more than just superb soccer skills to make a team. Overall athletic conditioning and smart training schedules to give the body time to rest are important when preparing for such competitive play.”

“More is not always better,” agreed Andy Duncan, P.T., A.T.C., director of sports rehabilitation at University Sports Medicine.  “Playing soccer year-round might improve your soccer skills, but it won’t necessarily make you a better athlete. Bones and joints need time to recover from the punishing pounding that comes from playing competitive soccer.”

Duncan added that the off-season is the perfect time to focus on specific strengthening and conditioning exercises that can help stave off injuries in the fall soccer season. Athletic trainers from USM will discuss the appropriate level, intensity and progression of training high school girls can follow to prepare to compete in the upcoming fall season.    

The seminar is free and open to female athletes, parents and coaches.  Reservations are requested by calling 341-9150.

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