A Commitment to Player Health, Safety and Performance

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.

Heart Rate Monitoring:

Every player in the club at U14-U18 has the option to participate in a heart rate monitoring study.  To participate, players do physical testing at the beginning and end of every season, and wear an unobtrusive heart rate monitor in training sessions all year.  This monitor tracks real-time heart rate data to objectively quantify the physical workload of the player in a session, in activities within the session, and from session to session.  This data is used to help prevent over-training and the injuries associated with it, and to insure maximal physical performance to impact various physiological systems appropriately.

FC WI Girls Sports Medicine Consultant

Elite athletes require elite care from top sports medicine professionals.  High quality injury evaluation, assessment, and treatment helps players return to play faster, and helps minimize missed developmental time.  High quality injury evaluation can also be used to identify protocols to prevent recurrence or other chronic problems.

Physical Therapist Calvin Deutsch of Deutsch Physiotherapy, Co. is the FC Wisconsin Girls Sports Medicine Consultant.  In that role, Calvin provides FC Wisconsin athletes with a variety of services ...

The Process If You Have an Injury

If an FC Wisconsin Eclipse athlete (or family member) has an injury that requires evaluation, please follow the following steps:

  • Contact Physical Therapist and club Sports Medicine Consultant Calvin Deutsch at (414) 331-2553 or by email.
  • Calvin will communicate with you regarding your injury and provide a basic evaluation / screen at the practice field during a designated time
  • If your injury can be treated without therapy, Calvin will provide basic guidelines to remedy your problem.
  • If your injury requires formal treatment, Calvin will facillitate scheduling therapy either directly with him or through a referral to another therapist.
  • If your injury is more serious and requires orthopedic referral, Calvin can help obtain an orthopedic evaluation from well respected Sports Medicine Orthopaedic doctors.

Every FC Wisconsin Eclipse athlete is free to use any medical provider, athletic trainer, or therapist of their choice.  The role of the club's Sports Medicine Consultant is to allow very prompt and professional care and treatment from experts that know the players and know the level of play.

Sports Medicine Team - Sports Medicine Physicians

While the first step of the athletic injury process usually begins with on-site care from an athletic trainer 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.

Calvin Deutsch - Deutsch Physiotherapy Co. and FC WI Eclipse Sports Medicine Consultant

Calvin is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a degree from Creighton University, one of thirty-five Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialists in the state of Wisconsin, and the only physical therapist in Wisconsin in the US Olympic Committee's Physical Therapy Database.

Calvin grew up playing youth soccer in Milwaukee, and has worked as a youth coach in a variety of programs in the past several years.  In 2015 he was named the High Performance and Conditioning Coach for Marquette University Men's Soccer.  His background as a player and coach, coupled with his education and training, provides him with a unique understanding of the athletic demands on soccer players and the injury treatment and return to play process needed for the sport.

Concussions - An Injury Requiring Immediate Evaluation

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:

  • Appearing dazed or stunned
  • Confusion
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loss of memory
  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, or groggy
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blurring vision

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.  

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