Warm winter temperatures have filled soccer players with anticipation of an early start to the soccer season. When facing an extended season it is important that athletes know the signs of common sports injuries and understand the importance of proper stretching to avoid overtraining injuries. To get players ready, the experts at Spaulding Rehab and the New England Revolution Academy hosted a free soccer clinic at the JunglePlex Sports and Entertainment Complex June 5thth from 6-8 pm for all soccer players ages 7 to 14. Player, coaches, and parents learned proper stretching techniques, injury prevention and treatment.
Participants will be led by New England Revolution Academy coaches through various skills stations that challenged a players’ agility, ball control, shooting, and play-making decisions. Therapists from Spaulding exposed players to the same drills and workouts used to prepare the New England Revolution for their season. Players, coaches and parents learned about the latest on common sports injuries and how to recognize signs of an overuse injury.
“Spaulding and the Revolution Academy are proud to offer this clinic free to area youth soccer players. Our goal is to make sure local soccer players are properly training throughout the season to help avoid injuries,” said Tim Needham, Physical Therapist, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. “We want parents and coaches to be aware of the symptoms of overuse injuries so their athletes understand the importance of recovery and how it can directly affect game performance.”
“It’s wonderful to work with great partners like Spaulding and give players an opportunity to be exposed to the types of skills we work on at our Revolution Academy Clinics. It’s always gratifying to see players sharpen their skills and enjoy the game more, “said Deven Apajee, Revolution Academy Director.
Each year, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and the New England Revolution offer three soccer clinics throughout the greater Boston area. For more information about clinics and events log onto www.spauldingnetwork.org or email email@example.com
Spaulding is the official rehabilitation hospital of the New England Revolution.