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May, 2020

Highline Premier FC & FIFA11+

As part of our efforts to return to Soccer, PSPL is now advocating Clubs and Teams implement FIFA11+ as part of a healthy and safe way to get back to soccer.  As you may recall, HPFC Coaches attended a training on FIFA11+ back in February and are well versed in the benefits of the program.  

Below is a look back at an article put together by Abby Halpin, DPT of Forte Performance that explains the program.

Reducing Risk of Injury & Building Resilience

We all know the benefits of sports, but they do come with risk. It is impossible to prevent injuries or predict who will get injured. The good news is that athletes can do a lot to minimize the risk. Think of it as building a player’s resilience to adversity. Managing things like nutrition, sleep hygiene, learning to be aware of one’s stress level, and avoiding over or under-training are necessary to maintain a player’s health and participation.

Maximum Training Time

Athletes under 18 years old are advised to limit the hours per week they are spending in organized sport to under the number of years of their age. So a 12 year old should keep it to under 12 hours per week. It is not recommended that an athlete aims for that many hours, it is simply a guideline to avoid surpassing. This is especially important if a player has overlapping seasons. Experts recommend that youth athletes try for at least a 2:1 ratio of organized activity to unorganized free play time during their week.
 

HPFC Coaches & the FIFA 11 Warmup Activities 

This month, the coaches of Highline Premier FC invited me to help them establish a routine that has been shown to reduce the risk of injury to their athletes while functioning as a warm-up for the team.

The Fifa 11+ is a warm-up for practices and games consisting of 17 exercises designed for players who are 14 years and older. Fifa 11+ Kids has 7 exercises designed for the younger athletes. This warm-up has been shown to reduce risk of injury by 31 percent during match play and 40 percent during training sessions. The Fifa 11+ will improve your child’s spatial orientation, ability to anticipate what will happen next on the field, improve his or her attention to a task, body stability and movement coordination, as well as to learn to fall safely. There is a built in progression as the team gets better at the movements they’ve worked on. It is a way to build tolerance to physical stresses so they will never be surprised and gives them a variety of patterns to choose from while they move. Any athlete who has limited strategies in movement is going to experience fatigue or discomfort sooner than a player with options. Variable, resilient bodies don’t get hurt easily.

As a bonus, in elite male soccer players, it has been shown to improve a number performance indicators, such as 20m sprint time, improved agility, vertical jump height, and balance. So parents and athletes, keep an eye out for a new warm-up routine at your next practice!

About Abby Halpin,

Abby Halpin is a doctor of physical therapy and personal trainer in Seattle, WA. Her practice, Forte Performance & Physical Therapy, is located in Fremont and has a special focus on athletes and performing artists. She participates in soccer, basketball, golf, and track and field. After a number of sports-related injuries of her own, she has made it a professional priority to disseminate as much information to teams and coaches as possible. You can find more at: www.forteperformancept.com

 

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Burien, Washington 98166

Phone: 206-825-0313
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Highline Premier Football Club

126 SW 148th Street, Suite C100 - Box 187
Burien, Washington 98166

Phone: 206-825-0313
Email: [email protected]
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