WNT Mar 2, 2010
Welcome to what we hope will become a regular feature on ussoccer.com. We’re calling it “Yael’s A-List” by our very own midfielder Yael Averbuch. Once or twice during every WNT trip on which Yael is on the roster, she will put together what we hope are some amusing and even insightful lists relating to the daily goings on of the U.S. Women’s National Team. This is her debut column.
The U.S. WNT just got a new fitness coach. Her name is Dawn Scott and she comes to us from the English F.A. where she worked with the England Women’s National Team. Dawn is responsible for monitoring the players’ fitness, nutrition, hydration and everything else that comes with getting an elite athlete to play at her peak potential. Today in “Yael’s A-List” Averbuch gives us a look at several ways in which Dawn is positively impacting their soccer lives.
The Dawn Scott Revolution -- Scotty’s Seven:
1. Heart rate monitors to record training and matches when the team is together, as well as personal training, and WPS play. They can even measure recovery. Today we did the best fitness test EVER! We laid still for three minutes, then stood still for three minutes, and we got our recovery levels.
2. GPS devices to track our movements on the field. We now get feedback on how much we ran, where we ran, and how fast we ran, following every game or scrimmage. Abby Wambach holds the record. She accidentally wore her GPS unit back to the hotel and clocked 15 minutes at roughly 60 mph!
3. Morning monitoring to track recovery and hydration. We have a urine test, record our heart rate, weight, soreness levels, recovery methods from the day before, and vertical jump first thing each morning.
4. Different snacks in the snack room. Pretzels, bananas, and graham crackers have taken the place of candy, chocolate, and chips. The occasional treat does make an appearance, though. The chocolate that was put out yesterday was gone in roughly seven minutes!
5. Gummy bears at halftime. This fun snack is a great source of carbohydrate replacement both mid-game as well as directly following. There was a lot of excitement surrounding the introduction of gummy bears in the locker room for the game against Iceland.
6. Cool downs that include more than jogging across the field and back and stretching for a few minutes. Dawn takes us for an extensive cool-down, complete with dynamic stretches and movements.
7. Video cameras in the dining area? Ok, this might be a rumor, but we hear that the video camera in the corner of area where we eat was installed by Dawn to monitor our meals. Could this be true? We’re almost positive that it was there before, but more investigation is necessary…