Ask any soccer player what injury they dread the most and the likely answer is going to be either an ACL tear or a concussion. A rightfully-invigorated focus on concussions in particular has been brought on in recent years by the issues coming to light in the NFL. The frequency with which they occur, the fear they invoke, and the serious long term damage they may inflict have led a number of medical institutes to undergo extensive research into how to decrease the prevalence of head injuries.
Years Of Miraculous Recoveries, Thousands of Stumped Fans, It's Time To Reveal What's In "Magic Spray"
It’s a scene familiar to any soccer fan. A player goes down after a collision or misstep, the trainer runs onto the pitch with a trusty kit in hand, the contents of a mysterious aerosol are released on the affected area and, within seconds, the player emerges anew and is able to continue play. A miracle has just happened before our eyes! The miracle of magic spray.
Kristine Lilly, a midfielder/forward for the USWNT for 23 years, holds the world record for most international appearances made by a man or woman. To give you some perspective on just how incredible the feat of 354 caps is, the male player with the most international appearances (Egypt’s Ahmed Hassan) has 184.
Kristine Lilly played on the national team over 4 different decades. She witnessed the permed and teased hair of the 1980s and the sidebangs of the early 2010s, the peak of the Michael Jackson era, the rise of Taylor Swift and everything in between.
They don’t get the credit the footballers do for their performance each game, but referees have to be just as prepared physically and mentally as those players they’re chasing all around the field.
It’s a varied and strenuous training process. The best refs have to be fitter than a world-class midfielder, have to possess an acute awareness for the type of teams, players and tactics they’ll be observing, and they need to be ready to handle all that might be thrown at them psychologically when it comes to high stakes and other maddening elements.
If you are a coach and you want your team to practice and perform like a professional team then look no further. We know that practice makes perfect, so we’ve found the top five training videos created by a team that has demonstrated some near-perfect moments: the one and only FC Barcelona.
The skills and drills of Barcelona’s players can help transform your team into everyone’s biggest competition.
With an emphasis on one-touch passing, instant decision making and defensive pressing, Barcelona’s rondo drill has become synonymous with the club.
Johan Cruyff introduced the practice to Barcelona from the famed academy of Ajax, and the likes of Pep Guardiola and Xavi Hernandez enforced the significance of the tradition to this day.