USA TODAY High School Sports has a weekly column on the college recruiting process. Here, you’ll find practical tips and real-world advice on becoming a better recruit to maximize your opportunities to play at the college level.
Rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament in the knee is a nightmare. As the parent of a teenage son who is seven months out from A.C.L. reconstruction surgery, I can attest to the physical and psychological toll it can take, not to mention the medical bills. But a practical new study suggests that changing how sports teams warm up before practices and games could substantially lower the risk that athletes will hurt a knee, at a cost of barely a dollar per player.
It's been said that feedback is the breakfast of champions. Feedback, both positive and negative, can fill Emotional Tanks if it is understood as helping a player improve. But criticism, even the constructive kind, can drain "E-Tanks". And too much criticism over a period of time can destroy an athlete's love of playing the game. Filling E-Tanks, as discussed in recent months, is a way for coaches, parents and players to create a portable home-field advantage. As we approach mid-season, let's look at ways to keep our players E-Tanks Filled, while accelerating their learning capacity!
Illinois senior Nicole Denenberg has seen it all during her four years as a college student-athlete, and now she's sharing pearls of wisdom in her new blog. Today, she gives advice to players attending college soccer camps.
I wanted to offer a few more tips before wrapping up the topic of college camps and progressing in the journey towards a college selection. Because I received feedback on my previous blog, I would like to add some final thoughts on how camps can help you with your future academic and soccer goals.