The Player Health, Safety, and Performance Platform at FC Wisconsin is an unmatched commitment to maximize long-term athlete development and performance with the highest possible emphasis on player health and safety. Through periodisation and planning based on the best methodology in the world, use of leading edge technology, and relationships with industry leading experts, the club's commitment to providing the best and safest long term athlete development model in the United States is unmatched.
Periodisation and Planning:
Training sessions and loads for each team are planned and periodised each day, week, and month to maximize performance and allow appropriate recovery for a positive training effect. The length and dimensions of each activity, the rest and work intervals in each activity, and the overall demand of the session from day-to-day are carefully planned to allow for maximum growth without over-training and diminishing returns in physical performance.
Player Monitoring and Readiness:
FC Wisconsin uses Fit-for-90 to monitor the training loads and readiness of players U14-U18 every day. This technology allows coaches to insure that training sessions have the appropriate physical demands, and helps to identify players that may need to have a lower demand or more restricted session based on physiological readiness. The use of this technology helps prevent injuries, helps identify minor issues and prevent them from becoming injuries, and helps insure maximum performance on game day.
While the first step of the athletic injury process usually begins with on-site care at the time of the injury, or a preliminary diagnosis by a physical therapist after the fact, the next step may involve consultation and diagnosis with sports medicine trained physicians.
Dr. Jon Englund - Orthopedic Associates of Wisconsin
Dr. Englund is a board certified sports medicine physician, originally from Madison, who received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin. He then completed a family medicine residency at St. Luke’s hospital in Milwaukee, followed by a sports medicine fellowship at The University of Notre Dame. Dr. Englund has served as a team physician for Northwestern University and has worked as a team physician with US Soccer since 2008. Dr. Englund has been a speaker at multiple national sports medicine conferences over the last 5 years.
Dr. Englund’s full CV is available here.
A concussion is a brain injury that impacts the way the brain functions. When athletes have been hit in the head, or fallen and hit their head against the ground, it is important to check to see if they show signs of a concussion. These symptoms may or may not be immediately noticeable, but include:
Players with symptoms like the above after a blow to the head should NOT return to play the day the injury occurred, and should seek medical attention right away.
Additionally, new laws require that any player with a concussion must see a medical provider prior to returning to play or training.