Sporting Omaha FC Newsletter vol. 12
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Sporting Omaha FC Family and Friends:
I want to begin by thanking those of you who completed our recent survey.  We had nearly 600 respondents representing all our different levels of programming: Academy, Recreation, Select, TopSoccer and YDP.  Your feedback, both positive and negative, will be instrumental in helping Sporting Omaha FC continue to provide the best youth soccer experience in the state of Nebraska at all levels. Here are some highlights:
  • 81% of Sporting Omaha FC members were satisfied with the Club this past fall.
  • 80% of the respondents were satisfied with their player’s coach this past fall.
  • 81% were satisfied with their player's team philosophy.
  • 90% of those who participated in the survey were satisfied with the Club’s communication.
We ended the fall season on a high note with FOUR State Cup Champions!  Our 02 Boys Elite and 02 Girls Elite won their respective age groups while the 01 Boys Elite and 03 Girls Elite were also crowned champions!  Congratulations to the players, coaches and parents as they keep it rolling into Regionals in June. In addition to these this past fall, we had numerous team tournament and league championships across all ages and programs. Congratulations!
Our philosophy of individual development to fit into a team concept continues to push our players to new levels beyond Sporting Omaha FC. We currently have four SOFC boys playing full time for the Sporting Kansas City Development Academy: Johnny Hanson (99), Zamere Issaka (04), Jackson Mann (04) and Ben Howard (04).  Keep up the good work, boys!  
On the girl’s individual development side, we sent five players to the first ever National Training Center sessions in Kansas City this past fall. The NTCs provide the most direct route to our youth national teams. We were the only club in both Nebraska and Iowa to have players at this event. Congratulations to Sidney Anderson (03), Anna Bragg (06), Lily Hunley (03), Olivia Mauch (05), Alexis Morrison (05) and Julia Witt (06).
Before concluding, I would like to make you aware of a couple of holiday events. The 2nd annual Coaches Shootout will be held on Friday, December 22 at 6:00 pm at OSC. Come and watch the girls staff coaches versus the boys staff coaches. We will be taking donations at the event. All proceeds will go to Together, Inc., a nonprofit organization
here in Omaha which provides resources to prevent homelessness. SOFC is also hosting the Goalkeeper/Striker Camp, which is open to all levels, on January 2nd and 3rd. Along with these two events you will find more camps, clinics and events going on in the rest of our newsletter below.
From all of us at Sporting Omaha FC, we wish you and your family the very best of this holiday season and a wonderful New Year.
Thank you!

Tim Bennett
Sporting Omaha FC
Executive Director


Sporting Omaha FC Holiday Hours

Dec. 15 CLOSED at 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 18 - 21 9am to 2:00 p.m.
Dec. 22 - Jan 1 CLOSED

For Immediate Assistance, you can contact one of the following staff members via email:
Renee Wanderscheid - Club Registrar -
Christina Lewis - Youth Director -
Alex Mason - Girls Director of Coaching -
Ryan Kruse - Boys Director of Coaching -
Tim Bennett - Executive Director -

2018 Winter Camps & Clinics

For players born 2012 - 2010 click HERE   l  For players born 2009 - 2003 click HERE

Improving Neuromuscular Efficiency through a Cool Down is Key with Injury Prevention

Sometimes all you want to do after a soccer game or practice is sit on the ground and relax, take your cleats off, and talk about the game.  But, there is an ideal opportunity after you have been physically exerting yourself to optimize your­­ recovery, improve your neuromuscular efficiency with lower extremity loading and unloading, and refine your technical skills with the ball, all while decreasing the risk for future injuries.

Here are 3 reasons why a cool down is a necessary component to any soccer practice or game:
  1.  A cool down after a soccer practice or game helps to keep the blood circulating which allows for the transport of oxygen and nutrients to parts of the body that need it for recovery.
  2. A cool down can improve overall flexibility.  After a soccer game or practice, there is a small window of time where the body is accepting of more movement or stretching.  Being consistent with a cool down that incorporates some static stretching can lead to improved flexibility.
  3. Research studies have found that a cool down involving neuromuscular and proprioceptive training can decrease the risk for injury.  Focusing on your form while fatigued is a BIG factor in any injury reduction program as most research shows that fatigue is the #1 risk factor for injury.  A series of double and single leg loading and balance exercises should be performed but with correct mechanics at the trunk, hips, knees, and ankles to reinforce good neuromuscular control and efficiency within the central nervous system. Incorporating some easy technical work with the ball into these exercises can also enhance your skills and improve ball control. 
For more information on the importance of neuromuscular and proprioceptive training programs in the prevention or reduction of injuries, please contact Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) at (402)934-8688.  Several of OPTI’s physical therapists have played soccer at the collegiate level and have years of coaching experience as well.  As experts in musculoskeletal and neuromuscular injuries, OPTI’s physical therapists can provide consultation for Sporting Omaha FC sports teams on appropriate warm up, re-warm ups, halftime, and cool down programs. 
Katie Cordery, PT (Physical Therapist, Former Division I Soccer Player, Soccer Coach)
  1. Al Attar WSA, Soomro N, Pappas E, Sinclair PJ, Sanders RH.  Adding a post-training FIFA 11+ exercise program to the pre-training FIFA 11+ injury prevention program reduces injury rates among male amateur soccer players:  a cluster-randomised trial.  J of Physiotherapy.  2017;63  235-242
  2. Jones CM, Griffiths PC, Mellalieu SD.  Training Load and Fatigue Marker Associations with Injury and Illness:  A Systematic Review of Longitudinal Studies.  Sports Med.  2017;47  943-974
  3. De Ste Croix MB, Priestley AM, Lloyd RS, Oliver JL.  ACL injury risk in elite female youth soccer:  Changes in neuromuscular control of the knee following soccer-specific fatigue. Scand J Med Sci Sports.  2015;25  531-538
  4. Mandelbaum BR, Silvers HJ, Watanabe DS, Knarr JF, Thomas DS, Griffin LY, Kirkendall DT, Garret W.  Effectiveness of a Neuromuscular and Proprioceptive Training Program in Preventing Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries in Female Athletes.  Am J Sports Med.  2016;33: 1003-1010
  5. Besier TF, Lloyd DG, Ackland T, Cochrane JL (2001) Anticipatory effects on knee joint loading during running and cutting maneuvers. Med Sci Sports Exerc 33:1176–1181
  6. Arendt E, Dick R (1995) Knee injury patterns among men and women in collegiate basketball and soccer. NCAA data and review of literature. Am J Sports Med 23:694–701
Omaha Physical Therapy Institute is an outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy clinic with it’s main location at 144th & Dodge and it’s secondary location inside of the Omaha Sports Complex on 144th & Giles. OPTI is the BEST place for physical therapy in Omaha!
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