A Soccer Mom’s Playbook

A Soccer Mom’s Playbook

If you have ever had a child on a sports team, you know that you were also pulled into the busy sports life as well. Terms like “dance mom” and “soccer mom” exist for a reason. Although you might not be the one scoring the winning goal, soccer moms need their own playbook to survive the season because let’s face it, you are doing most of the work off the soccer field. 

Carpool

Soccer can become your child’s entire life, aka your entire life. Warm-ups, practices, scrimmages, games, tournaments…it will keep you busy. A mom needs to learn how to balance this crazy schedule and figure out how to get their kid to all these different meetings, and a lot of moms are doing this for several kids at once.

The easiest way to manage the schedule? Carpool. That’s one of the best perks of the soccer family. Everyone on that team needs to be to those same places at the same time as you. Take advantage of those coinciding schedules and start a carpool. I promise other moms will be down to carpool and take a break from driving too.

Food

The intensity of playing can leave your kid hungry. Feeding him a bunch of starbursts and gummy bears at halftime won’t be any help though. Soccer players should eat a lot of carbs in the form of fruits or whole grains. Watermelon, strawberries, meats, or nuts make for a great soccer snack.

Water

It’s always important to stay hydrated. It’s even more important during the season. It can get hot out on the field, and running around for an hour in the hot sun can leave a kid feeling pretty dehydrated. Be sure to always send your child with a large water bottle to soccer practices and games. You could even step up your soccer mom game by sending your kid with a sports drink full of electrolytes that help quench their thirst.

Health

Soccer players can experience a myriad of health problems. Common health problems soccer players experience include athlete’s foot and sprained ankles. 

Athlete’s foot is a type of fungal infection that can grow between the toes and on the bottom of the feet that causes itching and burning. Soaking the feet in a bath of vinegar for 15 minutes every day can help treat athlete’s foot. 

Sprained ankles are easy to get on the soccer field with all the running and harsh pressure being put on the foot and ankle. One of the best ways to treat a sprained ankle is to rest and give it time to heal naturally. This can be difficult during soccer season, but if you can manage it, resting is really great for sprained ankles. You can also place ice packs on the sprained ankle to help reduce swelling and pain. You can use a pillow to slightly elevate the sprained ankle. Elevation helps reduce the swelling as extra fluids are moved away by gravity. Try to elevate the sprained ankle at night to speed to the healing process.

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