Thursday, December 15, 2016

* Soccer is for everyone

In the article, Soccer as Therapy for Mental Illness they talk about how sports in Italy is being used to help be a therapy or aid for many patients with mental illness such as post traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, depression and many more. Psychiatrists have found playing a complex game such as soccer helps them concentrate, build confidence and overall socialize with more people.
The most important aspect of this program is that we also make sure the patients have information about their illness, that they are aware of their own limitations and fully understand the parameters of their illness, when possible.

In my opinion, I think that this therapy program is a great way to keep these people active and help stabilize their everyday life. Most of these people in the country facing an illness are already used to playing soccer because it is a well-known popular sport. Since they already know how to play, being able to be on a field with a group of people helps them get away from reality and think about what is going on inside them and use it as a tool to have fun and play the game. In order to win a game you must communicate with your teammates to get a goal. I think this helps the players talk with one another to figure out a plan, creating them to make new friends. The goal would not only be to win but to get out of a depression and face the illness they are having.

As results have shown, many of the people facing a mental issue while playing soccer have lowered their use on medications and some are back to having a job and living in a regular life. I think that the therapist in charge should keep them on a regular day basis to play the sport, to the point that it becomes an everyday commitment. This will help them keep their mind off of their illness and socialize with people. Not only does playing soccer stop the usage of medication because it keeps them busy and they don't think about what is going on. They will want to keep playing the game instead. It also increases the health status because they are staying active. I believe many of the patients relate to average athletes when on the pitch because they forget what’s going on in their head and focus on what's happening in the game. As the same goes for me, I usually block out my mind from distracting me and listen to my teammates on what is going on in the game. Soccer is a sport that helps people get away from what is bothering them and try to be their best at something.

I believe the most amazing part of this therapy is that doesn't only have to be used in Italy, people in America could use it but play basketball or football instead. I think the idea of getting these people out of a room of depression or a house they can’t leave and giving them something to look forward too every day is an amazing program to benefit the mental health program. I also look at this method to be used in any person at any age that face any problem in life, including being shy, not talkative, or even somebody who just needs a friend. I think if a group of people who were healthy and stable contribute to the games, that these people would feel the love and be able to fit into a place they thought they would've never found.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

* Working Together as a Team

Soccer is a game played with eleven players. One goal could win the game in a matter of 10 seconds and even the players on the sidelines impact everything. A team is how you accomplish victory by working together and communicating. Many sports are individual or smaller groups of people out on the field at a time, but that is what is amazing about this game. Every player you put out on the pitch will have contributed to the team by either getting open, defending the other team, passing to your teammate or stopping a goal from the opposite team. The players on the bench contribute by cheering and giving them best the attitude to keep their teammates active. The hurt players that are still there to help use the knowledge they have, in their position to help put another player that may be in their place. Every person on the team works together to earn a win. That is one reason this game is beautifully played.

Another reason this sport is a good team builder is because at practices everyone works together as a team. For example if we are running pacers and I was at sixty-five but, almost everyone else had already quit my teammates would get a sip of water and then join me to encourage me to never give up. We also do a lot of team competitions, where you have a partner that you must work together to build you closer to understand how one another plays. Not only at practice but also at home or before games we have team bonding to make the season fun, while spending time with some of our best friends. Usually one of the parents make a dinner and we go there to eat before a game to talk about the game and help us prepare.

An example of working together is a group of athletes, boys and girls, who I know at my school still practice and workout even though the season has came to an end. They do ball touches, running and different cone drills to keep their skills up and work together to not give up but to keep getting better and better. I believe this is a perfect example of a team and an example that everyone can take from.

Monday, December 5, 2016

* Title Nine impact on Women's sports

On June 23, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed a document that gave women around the world more freedom in education and federally funded activities. This document is known as Title IX, which prevents sex oriented discrimination in anything that the federal government funds. This made it easier for women to participate in the activities that they had previously wanted to but were either not allowed to or were made fun of for wanting to do based on their sex. Any group from 1972 to present day, are no longer to discriminate based on a person's sex if they receive funding from a federal agency. Though Title IX is known for making education and activities easier for women to participate in, it doesn’t only apply to females. It also applies to males and gender nonconforming people. Title IX also gives aid to people in situations where they are being sexually assaulted and or harassed based on the gender they present themselves as. This ensures that students are not sexually taken advantage of due to being female or male. This was put into place so that in schools and even workplaces nobody was sexually harassed or discriminated upon due to what their sex is or what they look like. And if people were made aware of any of this going on and they didn’t put an immediate stop to it, the federal government would put an immediate halt on any money that the company, school or business was receiving from them. Title IX was implemented to make safer workplaces and schools for not only women but males and gender nonconforming peoples.

Title nine has impacted women in many ways, this was the opportunity for women to prove their athleticism was just as good as any man. The women were not allowed to compete in many competitions, could not get scholarships and were overall separated from equal rights. When title nine first started the participation for women's sports jumped to about 41% compared to 7% because they were able to have funding. For example Billie Jean King, who couldn’t get a tennis scholarship while studying at Cal State Los Angeles, campaigned for higher pay and professional treatment for women tennis players. When she created a league for women to compete in and later on having a tournament against the men's team called “battle of the sexes” she was most famous for defeating former Wimbledon champion and tennis player Bobbie Riggs. In 1973 a match captivated and changed the way women looked at themselves, one player had said “I just had to play,” announced in a newsweek paper and in another interview another lady had said “Title IX had just passed, and I wanted to change the hearts and minds of people to match the legislation.”

Title nine impacted women by equal access to higher education, more career opportunities, protection to pregnant women in schools, increased the amount of  aloud to teach in schools, it changed gender stereotypes in the classroom, fighting against sexual harassment stopped, access to all sports benefitted women to play on varsity sports team to help show their talent, scholarships were now offered to women for academics and athletics, the self confidence in all women increased.

This world changing law  "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance” has helped shaped women into an understanding to be who they want to be without the help of others. Being able to compete in a sport they love with other women to earn scholarships or even just a medal, helps them build confidence, determination and a better understanding of life.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Keeping Up On Soccer with Kc Cortes

By: Bekah Sanderson
Kc Cortes, a soccer player at Fortuna Union High School, has been playing this sport for a long time. She has the knowledge to understand the game, learn from her mistakes, teach others how to play certain positions and be a teammate to all. She started playing for Eel River Rapids, then a spring league travel team and now high school, hoping to further her career in college.

How long have you been playing soccer?
“I have been playing soccer for 10 years now. I started when I was five and I am fifteen now.”
What encouraged you to start playing soccer?
“My brothers encouraged me to start playing because of their passion for the beautiful game. I would watch them play their hearts out and have fun while doing so. Their dedication and passion encouraged me to start playing and now I know why they love the game so much.”
Do you watch professional soccer? How does it help you in a real game?
“Yes I do watch professional soccer. Watching professional soccer helps me in real games because I learn many things about my position and other positions as well. It teaches me to do the right things in situations during a game.”
What is your favorite part of being on a high school soccer team?
“My favorite part of being on a high school soccer team is that I make many memories that will stay with me forever. I learn many things about the game and life in general. My teammates aren't just my teammates, they become my family. My coaches encourage me to be the best I can be and I couldn't ask for a better experience.”
What is most enjoyable about playing soccer for you?
“The most enjoyable thing about playing soccer for me is the memories I make. Soccer has taught me many things and I am grateful for that. I enjoy that my siblings also play and that I can learn from them. I enjoy teaching others as well and helping them when they need it.”

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Injury Prevention and Healthy Habits

In my advanced conditioning (PE) class I learned about how to prevent injuries and strengthen our bodies, which made me think about my soccer topic. Everyday we learn new exercises during warm-ups to get our bodies warm and active in our class. As a soccer player, these exercises help me at practice to build muscle and stretch out any pain we may be having. In advanced conditioning we have posterior (back) and anterior (front) quizzes of the body to know what the body parts are. For example in soccer one warm up is a side lunge, with the help from my PE class I was able to know during this stretch it is working my glutes and adductors. Also before starting practice we do static stretching while our bones are cold because it helps you to not strain or pull a muscle. In PE we learned static stretches can be anywhere from quadriceps, biceps, groin, hamstring and calf stretches. During the class it teaches us a lot on body parts and how certain bones or muscles are supposed to move. ACL knee injuries are the most common injury in sports, and in soccer we do a lot of drill prevention exercises, including one leg hops, shuffling, double leg hops and zig zag cuts. Luckily I was able to know if my knee was stable because of what my teacher showed us. Advanced Conditioning and soccer are very similar to each other due to the way you learn one material and use it in an outside school area. As a student who has had many injuries I really rely on the sources I have to help me regain muscle and stretch what is bothering me. Nutrition and health is also a big unit we learn during PE about eating better and keeping our bodies in shape. In soccer, having endurance and being a strong healthy athlete is most important. After understanding all the key components in a healthy meal, I have used it to an everyday life to help me and my teammates be better soccer players.

The Journey of a Teenage Athlete

One summer in a little town of Hydesville, Bella and her sister Ashley were playing in the driveway. It was about midday, the sun was shining and their parents were at work, leaving the two at home with their babysitter Stephanie.The girls had a bond that nobody could break, especially because they were so close in age only being fifteen months apart. Bella is the oldest, but looks young because she is short with big brown eyes and thick brown hair, Ashley on the other hand was a little taller and had blue eyes and thin blonde hair, which made everyone think she was older. Bella never really looked like an athlete, but running was her favorite hobby to do on nice days and to be outside. Bella has been playing sports ever since she was in kindergarten, she loved basketball. Suddenly, after nine years of playing her favorite sport, something unexpected occurred.  

Bella had a midlife crisis at the age of sixteen and decided she was done playing basketball, she didn’t feel she was good enough to be on the varsity high school team as a junior and even her friends would make fun of her because of how short she was and thought she wouldn’t make the team. Bella’s mom was very mad at her for not playing and questioned what she would do with her life. One of Bella’s closest friends Amy tried to talk her into playing soccer. Bella laughed and thought her friend was crazy because she had never even touched a soccer ball before or let alone ever watched a game. After weeks and weeks of convincing Bella, she agreed to play for a spring league. Bella was really nervous to meet the new coach and be at a practice for a sport she had no clue what to do. The coach was a little unsure on Bella’s skill level to be playing with girls who were at a much higher level, but with her fast speed he really encouraged her.

After practice and practice everyday for weeks, she had her first game, the coach put her in right away, but Bella was confused because she didn’t know what the whistles meant or what to do. Luckily with the help of her teammates she was able to do her part on the field, and started understanding how to play. After playing more and more, she finally started to understand the game. The coach explained to her that she would need to practice everyday even at home to get more touches on the ball in order to get better but he had complete faith in her and hoped she would try out for the high school team. Bella was really unsure on that idea, due to never playing before, she didn’t want to embarrass herself, but when the time came she decided to give it shot and luckily she made it. She spent the season doing little drills that would have been done at the age of five but it was all to help her footwork and learn to kick the ball farther and farther. She got to know some of her best friends and they also helped her play. Bella didn’t see much playing time at all during the season but she understood why, she was just determined to keep practicing for her senior year. As time went on during off-season she would go to the park with her friends to kick the ball around and go running until it was time for season again. After all the hard work, but still putting in effort everyday, Bella is now a starter for the high school team and gets a lot of playing time. She learned a lot from her journey especially to never be afraid of trying new things. Bella also expressed that putting your mind to something and always trying your hardest will lead you to accomplish your goals.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Life's a soccer ball. Can you kick it?

Soccer Joke: What kind of cards do soccer referees send out during the holidays?

Answer: Yellow Cards

Soccer is a sport for everyone

Soccer is a sport that keeps people in shape and always active. It is played in every country around the world, being one of the the most played sport. Even here in the United States football and baseball may seem to be the most popular to play or watch but, soccer still ties with football as number one.

In my opinion, I believe soccer has the fundamentals to keep people in a form for every sport and the game never stops helping the person build endurance and a mental toughness throughout the game Starting at a young age helps the child learn how to play and build an idea on what to do for different positions. As you slowly grow and get older the game becomes more fast pace and physical. I believe that teenagers need this physical activity to keep their bones strong and bodies healthy. Soccer is an easy sport to practice at home, whether you are by yourself or with a buddy. It is a simple game that requires very little equipment, helping kids around the world be able to play without worrying how much it will cost.
As a teenager who plays this sport, I have created friends, teammates and a life long family. It is fun to be able to watch younger siblings or kids I know be out on the field, playing together as a team and working together to score a goal. Soccer is a sport that almost anyone can play, whether you are clumsy or not, it is a fun game for anyone. In my personal experience I started playing soccer as a sophomore in high school, never having touched a soccer ball before I knew if I set my mind to it and had a team behind me, pushing me to do better, I could do it. Since then I have learned so much in different ways from how to play, keeping my body healthy, teaching people what I know to help make them a better player and showing them soccer is a sport that everyone should play.

Friday, September 30, 2016

US Women's Soccer team midfielder joins protest

Sports are a fan favorite of many people around the world. Being a teenager, famous sports players are who you may look up too. For example, I am a very big fan of soccer, watching the United States Women's soccer team (USWNT) play, is a big interest of mine. In the past few months, football has been raging with two emotions and impacting other sports players and teams with anger or support. Colin Kaepernick a NFL player, kneeled during the national anthem, to fight for his rights. Kaepernick’s protest has encouraged players of several different sports, to follow his lead. United States Women's soccer player Megan Rapinoe also kneeled to the “Star Spangled Banner” in protest for Kaepernick. US Soccer was not happy with her and issued a statement but Rapinoe says “As of now I plan to keep kneeling, I’m trying to kind of formulate a better plan and an action step moving forward. But until then, this is how I can help, this is how I can use my voice going forward, and this is how I can be an ally in this space.”

In my opinion I believe that Rapinoe has the right to kneel if she thinks it is necessary to prove how she feels and use it as a voice around the world. As an american we are supposed to have “rights” and many people in the united states of different races and gender, don’t feel they have the same equal treatment.  Although, being a famous sports player, reflects the organization and team you may play for. If the people you play with, your coaches, and fans don’t agree it becomes a lot harder to do on your own. Different protests can be done to show how they feel and show respect for the veterans who have served for our country. I understand how it may affect many people like a family of a veteran who may have lost a loved one would be very upset with this protest, but also the point of view that a different ethnic family lost a loved one from an unfair shooting, their are the different perspectives. As a country I know standing for the anthem brings us together and shows respect as a country. I hope the players who have made the decision to kneel are doing it for a purpose and not out of laziness or disrespect and will still get the opportunity to play.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Website Sources on Soccer

These are a few sources that help me learn information about soccer. Each of these websites are different containing very credible information to not only me but you as well.

Fifa is known as one of the most well known soccer page. It stands for Federation Internationale de Football Association. It puts on one of the world's most watched sporting event, the world cup. This website Fifa contains a lot of information on the history of soccer, how it is played and the main purpose of the organization. I believe it is very credible because everything on the page is ran by a well known company around the world that a lot of different people follow. “FIFA’s mission is develop football everywhere and for all, to touch the world through its inspiring tournaments and to build a better future through the power of the game.”

The Olympic sports are watched in many homes around the world. Soccer is one sport that people enjoy watching and following scores. The NBC Olympic website gives you very credible information of live feeds, information and pictures that has happened during the 2016 Olympics. For example the website tells us information on big stories. “In the gold medal match of the Olympic men’s soccer tournament, Brazil and Germany played to a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes with Brazil coming out on top in penalties to win gold.”

The website Sports Illustrated is a way for people to follow different sports, especially soccer. It keeps up information on the United States Women's National Team (USWNT), college teams and other information on goals, drama and schedules that people can go too if they missed a game. I believe it is very credible because this is a website that tells us news on what is happening. For example  “U.S. Soccer has terminated goalkeeper Hope Solo's national team contract and banned her for six months after her controversial comments at the Olympics, the federation announced Wednesday.” this may be something fans didn’t hear about until now.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Introduction to my blog

As a teenager, most kids are staying busy with different activities. I happen to be staying busy with sports, especially soccer. I chose the topic soccer because this is a sport I enjoy playing, practicing and talking about. Even though I have only been playing soccer for about two years, I have learned how to play the game very well. As a sophomore in high school many of my friends were playing soccer, although I had never touched a soccer ball in my life, they encouraged me to start playing. I started to consider the idea of playing the summer going into Junior year. I signed up on a travel team, telling the coach I know how to play basketball but soccer is something new for me. I have been playing soccer since then, and now I am playing my second year on the high school varsity team. I really enjoy playing this sport, watching it and learning new things.

My blog will include many of things, about soccer. I will tell you stories about experiences I have had playing this sport, websites I have been on that have taught me a lot like in addition to more. I will tell you physical and mental impacts this sport has on you, and how to work as a team. I will talk about famous athletes who have impacted me myself as a player and teams I think are very fun to watch. I wont be talking about other sports like basketball or softball.

I am hoping that after people read my blog, they will be encouraged. I want them to want to play the sport and understand how to play the game. I hope to impact people to write about things they love and to enjoy stories of everyday life for a soccer player. I want to strengthen the knowledge for people who don't know much about the sport.