SFEA Partners with Dr. James Chen, Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist MD to Support Academy Players
The San Francisco Elite Academy (SFEA) is delighted to announce a partnership with James L Chen, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in San Francisco. Dr. Chen, a medical provider within the Sutter Health network, will accommodate SFEA players with a sports injury when making an appointment for a medical consultation and guarantee an appointment within 24 – 48 hours of calling Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.
Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in San Francisco provides acute and chronic injury treatment, complete Orthopedic care, concussion evaluation and management with on site x-ray and ultrasound available. Dr. Chen earned his medical degree from the University of California Davis and completed his residency at the University of Hawaii Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. In addition, he completed a sports medicine, arthroscopy, knee and shoulder fellowship at the University of California San Francisco, where he is an Assistant Clinical Professor. Dr. Chen is also the Fellowship Director for the San Francisco Sports Medicine Fellowship.
If an SFEA player would like an appointment, you may book an appointment online at www.aosportsmed.com, e-mail the clinic at email@example.com or call 415.900.3000. You may also contact Dr. Chen’s assistant directly or via text message at 415.481.3000, and be certain to mention that you are an San Francisco Elite Academy family, the name and birth-date of the injured athlete as well as the nature of the injury, and they will assist you scheduling an appointment. Finally, please contact your insurance company directly for questions about your coverage or billing.
“We are thrilled to be working with Dr. Chen to provide an added layer of support for players in our program that need of medical help. Just like Dr. Chen, the San Francisco Elite Academy believes in looking out for players and providing the best environment possible," said Joe Dugan, President of SFEA.
To read more about Dr. Chen you may visit: http://www.cpmc.org/dr-james-chen.html
Beginning this Friday, the San Francisco Elite Academy will hold six FREE "Elite Training" clinics for youth soccer players, boys and girls, born between 2009 and 2005.
The program was conceived in conjunction with the San Francisco Vikings Soccer Club who generously facilitated the use of the new soccer field at Paul Goode in the Presidio to support this SFEA program. The San Francisco Elite academy will provide the first 80 players that register (enrollment is capped) expert coaching in technical development, an Elite Training t-shirt, and postcard evaluation at the end of the program. Each Elite Training clinic will be led by Tom Atencio, USSF "A" License and SFEA Director of Player and Coaching Development, and include 4-5 other seasoned coaches, including Deejae Johnson (USSF A), Kurt Devlin (USSF A), Jeff Wilson (USSF A), and others.
"The goal of the Elite Training program is to better serve youth soccer players looking for some extra time training, said Chris Flanagan, SFEA's Director of Soccer Operations. "In addition, we wanted the clinics to involve our senior staff as well as other, local top coaches who we're delighted to work with in what is the perfect setting at Paul Goode."
Per Norcal and city playing rules, all players currently registered with a club should seek the permission of their Director of Coaching before registering. The registration link is available to those clubs that have pre-approval from their DOCs as well as interested individuals who contact SFEA about signing up.
This fall the San Francisco Elite Academy unveiled several new programs to support the soccer and overall development of its youth athletes. SAQ+ and Peak Performance are two such programs and they are already in full swing and having a positive impact on SFEA players.
SAQ+ stands for strength, agility, quickness plus injury prevention. It’s a program that SFEA developed in partnership with Pro Performance Sports, a San Francisco-based strength and conditioning company that works with top athletes and was founded by Barry McCabe. Barry has joined SFEA’s coaching staff as lead coach for athletic development and injury prevention, and can already be seen working with SFEA teams out on the fields across the city.
"Our SAQ+ program is unique on a number of levels," said Chris Flanagan, SFEA Director of Soccer Operations. "Fundamentally it's about strength, speed and injury prevention. But the way the curriculum has been developed makes it also about improving performance at just the right time during the playing season.
Through SAQ+, SFEA teams work with Coach McCabe several times a season with customized exercises focussed on specific results and tailored to generate a varied workload. The goal is to help players become more fit while making them less susceptible to injury and more likely to be working with high energy levels at the end of the season for showcases and cup finals.
“In addition, we avoided a silo approach with this program where a specialized trainer just takes over for a couple of sessions here and there and the ideas all disappear in between. Coach McCabe is not only leading our players but he's leading our coaches, teaching them core exercises that they will run with their team on their own. And best of all we're testing players so that we can see the results and so our players can both push themselves and have important data points to share with college coaches and recruiters."
The other major program SFEA developed for this season is Peak Performance, a unique program that helps SFEA players develop the mental fortitude required to be a top athlete. Led by Yvonne Gomez, a former Olympic athlete and recognized leader in sports psychology, this program helps SFEA athletes develop confidence, game routines, focussing techniques an effective goal setting. Players meet as a team in private sessions with Coach Gomez, who beyond working with SFEA is also the mental performance coach for the University of San Francisco. Several SFEA teams have already had their first sessions with "Gogo" (as Yvonne is affectionately called) and all SFEA players have come away from their sessions with tools on how to better mentally prepare themselves for the long playing year ahead.
“The benefits of a program like Peak Performance are part of what separates great athletes from top athletes, said, Tom Atencio, SFEA Director of Coaching and Player Development. “The mental aspect of soccer becomes more and more important as players progress. And the best part is that the lessons they are receiving with this program carry over to all aspects of their lives. We are helping our players become more focussed, resilient, and goal-oriented.”
Both the SAQ+ and Peak Performance programs support SFEA's commitment to offering San Francisco's top youth soccer players a development pathway to next level soccer––whether college or professional play. To learn more about the San Francisco Elite Academy or these programs please feel free to call the office or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
SF ELITE ACADEMY CLUB NIGHT IS NEXT MONDAY NIGHT!
No SFEA teams will be practicing on Monday 3/6 so that all players and families may attend.
This is an important get-together with updates and information, and we also hope to welcome some new Academy players and families as well.
When: Monday March 6, 2017
Where: St. Stephens School, Donworth Hall
What: Presentations, Brief Team Meetings, Updates and More.
• Food & non-acoholic drinks will be served
• Mandatory for all coaches, players & members
5:45pm - 6:15pm - Check In
5:45pm - 7pm - Tacos + Non-Acoholic Drinks Served
6pm – 6:45pm - Coaches Meetings with their Spring Teams + QA*
*New Players and Familes encouraged to participate and also seek out their fall coach during what wil be an extended Q&A.
7pm-8pm Club Presentation
The San Francisco Elite Academy is excited to announce our 2004 Girls Open House.
WHAT: Learn about the SF Elite Academy program from our coaches & Club President.
WHO: This open house is for girls born in 2004 (and their families) who are looking to play soccer at the highest level in the Bay Area for the 2017-18 season. All participants must register.
WHEN: THURSDAY DEC 1ST, 2016. 7.00-8.30pm.
WHERE: Harney Hall, Room #217 at the University of San Francisco's Main Campus.
ABOUT: The SF Elite Academy's program philosophy is based on a higher level of training, covering all aspects of player development.
The USSF licensed staff use cognitive methods to tap into every phase of the soccer player's learning. SF Elite has a vision for developing players and it includes all facets of the game, on and off the field. Our program emphasizes training methodologies with periodization, building mindsets to succeed, and effective physical training and diet to be able to perform and recover at the top level.
The 2004 age group coaches are both (Paul Hart & Pinder Nijjar both of whom are on the Coaching Staff with the University of San Francisco Women's Soccer team, an NCAA Division 1 program. Their aim is to create an environment where each and every player has the option to realize their potential and try to get to the next level.
Contact us: (415) 750-5430
PLEASE REGISTER NOW!
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