By Dev K. Mishra, M.D.
President, Sideline Sports Doc
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University
- In a recent webinar hosted by US Club Soccer I offer my opinion on some key aspects of player health and safety that a club can introduce and emphasize now, while in-season
In today’s post I’d like to highlight a webinar I participated in recently with US Club Soccer, which you can view here. The focus of the webinar was on key aspects of player health and safety, from the perspective of immediate steps a team or coach can take while in-season. In the webinar, led by Ashley Lehr of US Club Soccer, we cover four areas. In coming weeks I’ll dig deeper into each of these areas in separate posts but here they are:
- What can coaches do today to prevent injuries & keep players healthy?
- What goals should a club have regarding the health and safety training for their coaches?
- What advice would you give to a parent of a youth soccer player regarding being proactive or reactive to injuries and overall health? What could a parent encourage their child to do throughout the season?
- What are some of the common misconceptions about player health at the different ages in youth soccer?
From the start a few years ago, Sideline Sports Doc’s relationship with US Club Soccer has been incredibly positive. They are the only US youth soccer organization to require comprehensive injury recognition educational training for their coaches and managers. To date, more than 60,000 of their members have completed the training.
The focus on player health and safety is part of their Players First program, comprising five key topic areas: club development, coach development, player development, parent engagement, and player safety. US Club Soccer is embarking on a licensing program designed to identify clubs adhering to high standards in each of the five areas. Ms. Lehr notes that the licensing is a “way to identify clubs who are doing things the right way, to create a positive experience in the many different important aspects of a youth soccer club.”
US Club Soccer’s CEO, Kevin Payne has said repeatedly “Player Health & Safety is our first and most important responsibility. To act otherwise would be irresponsible.” Thank you Kevin, for taking a huge step to make youth sports safer, and grow the sport of soccer.