Health and Player Nutrition

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Pachcua FC USA and Optimal Soccer
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At Pachcua FC USA our focus does not end with wins and losses. Sure at the end of the season or tounement we look to stand alone. However we believe in achieving off the pitch and preparing the player for the rigors of the game long term. We are proud once again to partner with such a high quality organization such as Optimal Soccer in order to give our families resources in order better prepare for the seasons ahead.

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WIth the upcoming season near shouldn't you have all of the tools to be ready to stand alone?

Casey Ames, Head Trainer, Optimal Soccer


Heads Up About Concussions


As with any sport, soccer is a sport that can lead to a number of injuries in children and young adults. The likelihood of concussions caused by soccer in kids is high for a number of reasons, including the following:

Fast Pace

A soccer concussion is common because children are running around at a very fast pace. When kids are moving quickly and focused intently on the ball, they are less likely to notice their surroundings and may run into another player or trip over their feet. The fast-paced nature of soccer is one of the key reasons why it is a sport that can lead to a number of injuries.

Specific Motions

Certain movements in soccer, such as when a player hits the ball with their head, lead to more head injuries. Of course, a concussion in any sport is common, but when you are specifically using your head to hit a ball, this leads to more occurrences of concussions in kids. Kids may often throw their entire body into the header motion, leading to an increase in the likelihood that they will end up slamming their body into another player or falling hard on the ground, which can jostle the head and lead to head injuries.

Kicking is also a necessary part of playing soccer, as the most common way to move the ball down the field is by kicking. Unfortunately, this can mean that many players accidentally kick others. With children, they may kick wildly in the general direction of the ball and if another player is down, they can suffer from a concussion.

Abrupt Stops and Starts

While not as common, abruptly starting or stopping in soccer can also be a cause of a head injury. A concussion in soccer can be caused by a child or young adult running very fast and then stopping all of the sudden. This can cause the brain to slam into the skull, leading to a mild to severe concussion in your child.

Getting Hit with the Ball

A soccer ball flying at a child or young adult’s head can be very dangerous and lead to a concussion. This is especially a problem with middle school age kids and teenagers, as they kick the ball much harder than younger kids. The faster the ball flies at the head or face of a youth, the more dangerous it can be.

Girls Will Be Girls

Girls differ from boys in their responsiveness to concussions but researchers don’t have all the answers to this and have reached no concrete conclusions. Many agree that girls may be predisposed from the get-go as their neck muscles are generally weaker and they tend to rotate their heads faster than boys. There’s some indication that girls may take longer to recover from concussions than boys.


reprinted with permission by Mass. Soccer Club, Nov, 2013




Parent and Player Resources
Today's TIP. Hydration.




Parents, you know how important is to keep your child hydrated during practice or during game time; therefore, it is important to know how to select  your child’s drink. To learn more, read full article at the American College of Sports Medicine...



Hydration Tip:
Fill your water bottle and keep it in plain sight
so you remember to drink it.
What Should I Drink?
Your body needs water. But remember water comes in all sizes, shapes and colors. Milk is 90%
water. Juice and most soft drinks are 89% water, sport drin
ks are 94% water, and even pizza is
50% water. And it all counts. Nearly everything that passes your lips provides water for your
body, and in fact, research shows that most hydration happens at meals from the combination of
food and beverages.
also shows that we tend to drink more if the fluid is flavored and if a variety of fluids
are available.
Keys to Hydration
When you have figured out how to stay hydrated, especially when you sweat heavily, you have
accomplished the single most important
performance enhancing aspect of nutrition




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