The Dreaded ACL Tear: Why Your Career Isn’t Over

By Alex Schultz, Women’s Assistant Soccer Coach (Regis University)

Tearing your Anterior Cruciate Ligament or ACL can be one of the most disheartening injuries an athlete can have. There is a such a negative stigma that tearing your ACL is the end of your career. We know that female athletes in particular are 20 times more likely to tear their ACLs (Sterett, 2017). In soccer specifically, if there is 1 injury to a male athlete, there are 4 injuries to a female athlete. So why are female athletes more likely to tear their ACLs? Dr. Bill Sterett of theFemaleACL.com explains that

1. Women are more commonly born “knock kneed” which puts the ACL at risk.

2. Women are more commonly loose jointed which puts all ligaments at risk

3. The ACL is smaller relative to their body size in women

4. Females tend to land more straight-legged when they jump than men

5. Women have monthly hormonal related changes in the stiffness of the ACL that men don’t. (Sterett, 2017).
 

But there is still hope! With advances in medical technology, knowledge of the injury, and rehabilitation practices; players can go on to have fantastic collegiate careers. A former player of the Regis University women’s soccer team explains that “I tore two ACLs during my high school career, with my second tear occurring exactly 9 months before reporting to Regis for pre-season training. It was a shattering injury, but one the coaches reassured me, I would overcome. Following an intense rehabilitative protocol, filled with many tears and setbacks, I was cleared to play without restriction one week before leaving my home for Denver. The following four years I was lucky enough to never see another knee injury whilst playing up to 15 hours of soccer a week. Regis provided us, as players, with more ACL tear prevention than I had ever experienced in my 15 years of club and high school soccer training combined. I still firmly believe my health throughout my collegiate career was largely in part to career was largely in part to this elevated level of coaching and preventative care!”

-Alex

 

ACL Stats: http://www.thefemaleacl.com/blog/female-acl-injury-statistics

ACL Prevention: http://www.thefemaleacl.com/blog/female-acl-injury-prevention-2

Sterett, B., Dr. (2017). Female ACL Injury Statistics. Retrieved May 14, 2018, from http://www.thefemaleacl.com/blog/female-acl-injury-statistics

 

What separates a great summer soccer academy from a good one?

RSA Junior Elite is conducted on the beautiful campus of Regis University, sets the standard for proven training methods in a competitive yet fun environment.  The licensed professional coaches and gifted college student-athletes set high standards for the 10-13-year-old player knowing each player has unique potential.  Morning technical sessions, afternoon tactical sessions, and evening matches give the aspiring, young player the tools necessary for passionate enjoyment of the game and future competitive success.  Mix in World Cup viewing parties, Futsal, and nightly small-sided competition under the lights, and you have the best summer soccer academy experience imaginable! www.RegisSoccerAcademy.com to register and for more information!

What Do College Coaches Actually Look For?

By Alex Schultz, Women’s Assistant Soccer Coach (Regis University)

“Technical. Athletic. Smart. Good grades. Team Player. Good attitude.”

Have you ever heard a college coach say they want these qualities in a player? They seem to be the go-to answer for college coaches. It’s always the number one question that I am asked from recruits and parents; what are you looking for in a player? Coaches will always give a vague and cliché answer that never really gets to the point. The plain simple truth is that every coach wants something different. A coach is recruiting a specific position, for a specific class, and for a specific reason.

For example, you might be a really dynamic, technical, and fast forward but the coach needs a true target forward to hold the ball up. This is why it is so critical that recruits watch as much college soccer as possible. You need to see different styles of play at different levels. Then after watching your top choices play, you can have a better understanding of what college coaches are actually looking for. Almost every college at every level streams their matches now, so no excuses!

Every team is different. Every coach wants something different. So be different!

To play soccer at the collegiate level, you need to have a solid foundation of all four dimensions of the game (technical, tactical, mental, physical).  Once you’ve established proficiency in all of these dimensions, focus on what makes you different. Focus on what will make you stand out in a showcase or ID clinic. Are you a big, tall center back who can win every ball in the air? Are you a speedy winger who loves to take defenders 1v1? Are you a target forward with a knack for scoring goals? Are you the hardest working player on the pitch? Whatever makes you different; showcase those talents to college coaches because we are all looking for something different! You will only find out those answers if you ask better questions.

Better questions to ask college coaches:

·      What style of play does your team enjoy? Possession? Direct? Counter-attack?

·      How do my qualities fit into your system and style of play?

·      Is there anything about my play that you are hesitant about, within your system?

-Alex

Top Ten Reasons to Attend RSA

by Anthony Presnell, Asst. Academy Director 

10 Reasons to Attend RSA:

1.     Three of the very finest natural grass pitches in Colorado:  Home to the Regis University Men's & Women's soccer programs.

2.     National Level Altitude Training: Hosted the U20 Australian World Cup National Team in 2011

3.     Multi-Level Training Program: Focuses on technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of the game

4.     Small Staff to Player Ratio: Our staff ratio is 9-to-1 insures each RSA player receives individual coaching necessary to maximize their growth

5.     Highly credentialed and nationally licensed staff:  Youth, High School, Collegiate and Professional experience with unique experiences and coaching abilities

6.     Air-Conditioned residence halls: 3 minute walk to the fields and a 2 minute walk to the dining hall

7.     Innovative testing and measurement programs: to gauge abilities technically, athletically, and in fitness

8.     University Head Coaches who attend, direct, and/or coach:  Coaches involved in Rascal Rangers, Junior Elite, and ID Elite Programs.

9.     Exceptional, nutritious, farm-to-fork meals from Bon Apetit: prepares meals with sustainable sourcing from local growers whenever possible in our Student Center Dining Hall

10. A chance to stand out: Our RU men’s and women’s soccer programs have recruited many RSA participants to attend Regis in our 20 year history of RSA on the Regis campus.