Dr. Alan Goldberg discusses the mental side of athletic injuries. This is a coach’s and athlete’s guide to the psychologically rebounding from injury. Sports provide a sense of identity, self-esteem and a constructive way to deal with stress. An injury can compromise any of those things. Strategies for athletes to deal with injuries are discussed, such as the first point – be sad – can benefit a player. Ideas for how you as a coach can help your players are also discussed. This is a valuable article for everyone involved in youth sports.
Click here to download this month’s coaching education article discussing helping athletes with injuries. US Youth Soccer Coaching Department offers a number of programs to educate new youth coaches and enhance the skills of current coaches, continuing the progress of the game. Don't forget to check out the newest offering from US Youth Soccer - The Novice Coach: An Introduction to Coaching Youth Soccer DVD Two-Disc Set. Created by the US Youth Soccer Coaching Education Department is designed for coaches that are new to coaching youth players regardless of previous experience. Get your copy today at US Youth Soccer’s Online Store!
An additional program is the Coaches Connection, established to educate and further the flow of information between the coaches across the nation, the Connection connects you to the US Youth Soccer Coaching Education Network. Open to anyone, the Coaches Connection is for coaches, parents, referees, administrators…you. Click here to learn more.