Dr. Gretchen Casazza, Director of Sports Medicine Research at UC Davis Medical Center and Rachel Hamblin, a professor in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior Department at the University of California whom also works with the UC Davis Sports Medicine Program did a study involving our young athletes.
The study was conducted to see how athletes move and which type of movements put an athlete at a greater risk of having a knee injury. Their goal is to follow 500 athletes and chose our Vacaville United Soccer Club to be part of this great study.
The athletes will be tested twice, once at the beginning and once at the end of their sports season. At each of the testing sessions, they will measure height and weight and fill out a form asking about any injuries the athletes may have had and how much they know about injury prevention training. At the completion of the study they provide individualized feedback on how your players can reduce their risk of injury with test results, exercises, and handouts.
The athletes underwent a simple test before a regular team practice and after a 10 minute warm-up. The test will involved jumping from an 18” high platform onto a 3’x3’ platform that measures force of landing, then immediately jumping straight up as high as they can and landing again on the platform. All of their movements were recorded with a video camera. They also measured how high each athlete could jump, how fast they could run 20 meters, how quickly they could move between 4 cones, how well they could balance, their hamstring strength by how long they could hold a bridge position and core strength by how long they could hold a plank on their right and left sides. Each test session lasted about 30-40 minutes including the warm up. They provided our player with some handouts explaining the correct movements and exercises that may reduce their risk of having a knee injury. Prevention is key!
We appreciate the UC Davis ACL Study Team for choosing Vacaville United to participate in their research and look forward to having them back for part 2!
The VUSC Xtreme U13 Girls take home the championship at the 2015 Ajax Spring Invitational Tournament. Great job ladies.
The VUSC Dynamite U9 girls competed in the Davis Super Clasico Mothers Day weekend and played four solid games. They finished second after a solid weekend. Congratulations girls.
VUSC is hosting the NSCAA Level 3 Goalkeeping Diploma Course June 19-21 at the Horse Creek Soccer Complex. This course is for coaches only. Coaches can register online at www.nscaa.com.
VUSC hosted the NSCAA Level 1 and 2 Goalkeeping Diploma Courses for Coaches in April. Approximately 35 coaches from all over the State of California, and one from Utah were in attendance. The course was well received, and well instructed by Andrew Cumbo, the mens head coach for Cal State East Bay. VUSC will be hosting the Level 3 Goalkeeping Course in the very near future.
Devin Rock and Brandon Talton were selected to the 18 man roster for the Cal North State ODP 01 Boys team. They will travel with the team to Portland, Oregon and compete in the Portland Timbers Friendship Cup May 22-24th. We wish them luck.
VUSC is hosting the NSCAA Level 6 Diploma Course for Coaches. The course will be held May 15-17th, and costs $150. You can register online at www.nscaa.com, and click on education to find the Level 6 course. The course will be held at the Horse Creek Soccer Complex.
Congratulations to Jordyn Bingaman of the U13 Xtreme, Christopher Khoury of the U13 Strikers, Devin Rock and Brandon Talton of the U14 Galaxy. These players worked hard and were rewarded for their efforts. VUSC is proud of these players and look forward to seeing what they can do with this opportunity.
The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will be selected for international competition; to provide high level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.