Category Archives: Soccer

The females deserve grass soccer fields for Women’s World Cup

More than 40 elite female soccer players are set to sue FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association. The players – including U.S. stars Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan as well as FIFA Player of the Year Nadine Angerer – demand that FIFA and the CSA reverse their decision to play next year’s Women’s World Cup, to be held in Canada, on natural grass instead of artificial turf. Continue Reading

Can an athlete’s genes influence recovery from concussion?

It has been estimated that up to 20% of athletes have prolonged recoveries from concussions. These athletes could be at risk for returning to play before their brains have returned to normal. Why some athletes take longer to recover has been the focus of much research in recent years. Gender, age, the number and severity of symptoms and more have been studied to determine their influence on concussion recovery. Continue Reading

History of hamstring injury makes Altidore’s return difficult

Just minutes after the ecstasy of Clint Dempsey’s goal in the first minute of the World Cup, the hearts of American fans sank. While chasing down a ball at full speed along the left sideline, US striker Jozy Altidore lowered his head to control the ball. He quickly grabbed the back of his thigh and fell to the ground. He was quickly carried off the field by stretcher. Continue Reading

The joy of soccer: An interview with John Wilson

Millions of young soccer players are watching the World Cup in Brazil dreaming that they can play on the game’s biggest stage themselves someday. Before they commit to playing soccer year round, and before their parents commit thousands of dollars each year to elite clubs and private coaching, they should listen to the message of soccer star John Wilson. Continue Reading

Injuries likely to impact the World Cup

The World Cup begins later this week, and millions of soccer fans from nations from all over the world will watch the action on the fields in Brazil. A number of important players will either miss the World Cup completely or could miss some significant early games. These are some of the key injuries heading into the tournament and brief descriptions of their treatments and rehabilitation. Continue Reading

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