The best food for the young athlete
By Dev K. Mishra, M.D., Youth Soccer Insider, Monday, May 2, 2011

Here’s a revelation: eat the least processed food you can find.

Right, that’s not a revelation. You’ve heard it before but it’s not an easy thing to do when feeding the typical American teenage athlete. But it can be done, especially if you try to stick to the 80/20 rule that I’ll outline below.

Not Making It - The True Challenge
by Anson Dorrance

One of the biggest gripes some people have when they don’t make a team is that it has to do with some political process. They blame lack of success on favoritism or prejudice. So, rather than discussing or evaluating failure through lack of ability or performance, the issue is politics. The problem with that specious argument is that it is made by those players on the bottom of a roster. So if you don’t want to leave it to chance, don’t let it be close. Make a clear statement in the trial about who you are and what you can do.

Sleep well, play well (The teenager's challenge)
By Dev K. Mishra, M.D., Youth Soccer Insider, Friday, May 20, 2011

I'm sure anyone who's raised an adolescent or teenager can attest to the idea that teenagers don't get as much sleep as they need.

For the adolescent or teenager a number of outside influences take place: more demands on time for homework, socializing, sports, music, or any number of other activities. Let’s take a look below at some reasons why sleep patterns change, what the proper amount of sleep is, and how it can affect sports performance.

Recognize Heat Illness
By Dev K. Mishra, M.D., Soccer America

I am often asked this time of year about some strategies for coaches and parents to recognize heat illness, and for some strategies to manage the young athlete. With that in mind let’s review some basic principles.

Key Points
* A good hydration strategy will go a long way toward minimizing the chance of heat illness.

* A young athlete with suspected heat illness will typically respond to cooling and re-hydration in around 15 minutes.

Youth Soccer Insider: Improving Skills on Your Own
By Claudio Reyna, April 29, 2010

A player can always improve his fitness by working out hard. He can comprehend certain tactics by studying the game. But how far he goes will be determined mainly by how well he has mastered ball skills. Those are acquired by playing, day after day, year after year.