December 2011 Here we are with Newsletter #60. World of Soccer Newsletter In this issue
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It’s that time of the year again. We hear all the old Christmas songs – and are happy to do so. Because of that, there is nothing wrong with roasting some old chestnuts again. So it’s story time at the World of Soccer.
We’ve been digging in the World of Soccer Boot Room for archives from Christmases Past.
As a result, we have for you a whole series of Christmas football stories - er, sorry about that - I mean soccer stories. But I did say we were going back in time when it really was footie.
So here are the stories with a little introduction to give you an idea of the subject matter. I can bet your bottom dollar you will have a chuckle at some and shake your head at others.
We also reprise physiotherapist Marc Rizzardo’s escapades as he traveled with the Canadian National Women’s, Olympic and Youth teams.
In our player development section we highlight a remarkable coach, Chris Finn. Chris the coach of the US power soccer team – two-time winners of FIPFA World Cup. It goes to show that no matter the difficulties people love soccer and will do wonderful and amazing things to play the game.
Finally some stories, not about Christmas, but about the archaic methods of treating injured players in the not-so-good Old Days.
Soccer in the Festive Season?
During the Holiday Season in the EPL most of the teams will play four games. It can be make or break for many. It is only a time for celebration if the team is scoring goals and winning games. We take a look at the idiosyncrasies and the dark humour of Christmases Past in the link below.
Marc Rizzardo’s Escapades
Marc Rizzardo, physiotherapist extraordinaire, has travelled the world as a soccer trainer and as the Canadian Head Therapist at the Olympics and Pan American games. As knowledgeable and experienced as he is Marc tells about the times when he was challenged beyond the normal type of injury or situation.
In 1984, the Canadian Men’s Olympic soccer team was invited to participate in China’s coming out party. China hosted a sixteen team tournament and they pulled out all the stops to impress their guests.
Byte Size Coaching Update
As we begin the process of matching our Byte Size Coaching games and activities with video we are also making sure that in Canada it will assist in the roll out of the Long Term Player Development program. As I was a 7-year member of the LTPD project you won’t be surprised to know the Byte Size Coaching program shares the same philosophy as the Canadian LTPD (Click here for link). In fact, Byte Size Coaching is recognized and endorsed by the Canadian Soccer Association.
Where we can make the greatest contribution is by helping the Moms and Dads to facilitate the practice with age-and-developmentally appropriate activities and practices, mainly game-based, that not only develop the players, but make it challenging and fun.
Treatment in the Good Old Days
Player Development - FIPFA
With Marc Rizzardo talking about some of his amusing experiences as the Canadian team trainer/physiotherapist when on-the-road, I thought I would go back in time to the “Good Old Days” with 4 short stories of injuries and the subsequent treatment (where the level of expertise was not quite as it is today).
Getting treatment in the Old Days was a bit of a lottery.
Power Soccer or Powerchair “Football” is soccer played by people with severe physical disabilities who use power wheelchairs. Athletes of all ages and genders compete four on four. A foot guard is attached to their wheelchairs which allows them to push and kick an oversized soccer ball. Games are played indoors using a regulation size basketball court as the field.
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