It’s time for football! Many Americans have been waiting since February for it to return but it’s still hot outside! Athletes are training as we speak and getting ready for week one. Here are three ideas to fight the heat.
Idea 1: HYDRATION!
One of the most important things our body needs is water. Our body uses sweat to keep us cool but we need to replenish that water. Our body uses over a liter an hour of water to stay cool. If athletes don’t stay hydrated they won’t perform well and will struggle to stay cool.
Idea 2: Turning up the Heat!
Yeah, you heard me right. Professional athletes use high temp workouts to get used to the weather. This doesn’t sound fun at all but on the field, you can be ready for any temperature. A word of caution though, know your limits and don’t overpush yourself.
Idea 3: Use cooling equipment
This is my favorite idea because with all the football equipment on its hard for your body to keep you cool. You can feel like your in a furnace. BluSol Heat Shield Inserts are there to help. From your football cleats to your helmet, it will get hot. BluSol Heat Shield Inserts are used by athletes everywhere and perform better with these insets.
From Monday Night, Friday Night, and Saturday games be the best athlete you can be and be comfortable doing it. Remember to fight the heat and let’s play some football!
Everyone who plays sports can relate to the feeling of always wanting to improve. Whether it is important physically or mentally, it can be challenging at time. Here at 3 simple steps to help you become a better athlete.
Step 1: Train with people who challenge you.
Training with people who challenge you both physically and mentally helps you grow and reach your goals faster. Find someone to train with that is not afraid to push you to your limits. Try avoiding training with people who give up easily or don’t push themselves. Bart Brooks once said, “If you’re not being challenged, you’re not getting any better.”
Step 2: Find comfortable gear to train and play in.
Every athlete knows that find good gear is extremely important when trying to play your best game. Find clothing that is not only comfortable but also beneficial to your game. Blusol Heat Sheild shoe inserts, for example, keep the player’s feet cool throughout the game, so they can play their best and stay comfortable throughout the whole game. Find clothing that is breathable. Shirts, shorts, and socks that allow air to flow will also help you feel comfortable and play at your peak performance.
Step 3: Learn from your loses
If every game there is a winner and a loser. But like Ascertain Solo said, “Every winner, once a loser.” Learn from your loses. What could you have done better in that game? How can you help your team or yourself improve for the next game? If you learn from your lost games and never give up, you are in fact a winner.
If you follow these three steps, you are sure to become a better athlete. Just make sure to never give up, always try harder, and find ways to improve not only your game but your teams game.
Every summer there are to thing you can count on. More working outside, and hot asphalt. Every year, thousands of people across the country suffer from 1st & 2nd-degree burns due to hot asphalt.
In some places such as Arizona, asphalt can get as hot at 220-degree Fahrenheit! So what do people who outside all day do to keep their feet from burning? It’s something most people don’t think.
When working outside job, such as construction, you are required to wear heavy hot boots, as well as work on extremely hot asphalt, concrete, and other materials. Even with top quality boots, the heat from the ground will slowly make its way into your boots.
After 4-5 hours of working, a construction worker can have an average of 35-45-degree increase in the temperature inside of their shoes! So what do workers do to keep their feet cool and safe from burns?
Blusol’s Heat Sheild Inserts have been tested on these type of conditions, and have shown to decrease the temperature inside of a worker’s shoes by an average of 32-degrees Fahrenheit! That enough of a decrease to protect the bottoms of your feet from getting burned by the hot ground.
Father’s Day is coming up, and we can all think of someone who works outside on their feet throughout the summer. Why not give them something that will not only protect their feet this summer but will also keep them cool through their long work hours?
Pick up your pair of Blusol Heat Sheild Inserts today!
Insert Blusol into Soccer Cleats, Play on Turf and Have Happy Feet
While injury prevention is not always on the top of every coach’s list, for anyone who has ever played or coached on turf in the heat, the pain of heat blisters is real. Blistered toes can be a nightmare. The consequences are real and can shackle the performance of an elite player. One coach decided this problem had to be solved.
If anyone you know has ever played in the heat on a turf field, you will immediately appreciate the value of BluSol.
The heat rising from the turf field, the intense burning of little toes, the blisters that can appear moments after the cleats and socks come off — there is a clear need for BluSol.
DID YOU KNOW THAT ON A BEAUTIFUL 90 DEGREE DAY, THE TEMPERATURE OF THE TURF COULD REACH UP TO 180 DEGREES?
Ever watch a soccer player take of his or her cleats and see heat blisters on 8 out of 10 toes and know they have practice in a couple of days followed by another match soon? Then, add to the situation that many elite players are hyper-concerned when considering placing anything in their cleats that could possibly impede peak performance.
The Blusol Heat Shield is a product that was developed to solve a problem.
IT DOESN’T TAKE LONG TO GET HEAT BLISTERS PLAYING ON A TURF FIELD.
How to solve this problem? It took a highly experienced soccer coach and a lot of testing to come up with a solution that works.
BLUSOL CAN SHIELD FEET FROM THE BLISTERING HEAT, AND LOWER THE TEMPERATURE OF THE TURF SURFACE TO THE CLEAT A CRITICAL 30 DEGREES.
The founder of Blusol is Rob Becerra, the Senior Director of Coaching atSurf SC based in San Diego but finding a solution to blistering toes started long before coming to Southern California.
Interview with Rob Becerra, Founder Blusol
Diane Scavuzzo: How did Blusol begin?
Rob Becerra: When I was coaching at Stanford and directing the Palo Alto Soccer Club, we played our games on turf.
I watched my players burn their feet playing on the turf and searched for solutions, but nothing really worked, and yes, we tried foil.
At that point, I started looking at technology for solutions. When I went to work for U.S. Soccer, the project was put on hold but not forgotten. When my kids started playing soccer seriously and complaining, I looked into solutions again.
Diane Scavuzzo: Did you find a solution available on the market? And who helped you?
Rob Becerra: No, I did a web search and found a few things. I tried them out myself and nothing worked so I decided it is time to take matters into my own hands.
I started buying and testing out any material that helped prevent or minimize the transference of heat — I reviewed materials that were fire retardant and had a reflective property.
Blusol is a life project with a purpose — and, everyone in my family is involved.
Everyone has pitched in with support and help and this is truly a family adventure.
When I say everyone, I mean everyone. Parents, uncles, aunts, wife, kids, cousins, long-time friends, extended family, and former players have jumped in to help make BluSol happen.
Diane Scavuzzo: What did you do?
Rob Becerra: I tested everything myself first. I would put these materials in my shoe and see if they were comfortable and durable.
IF IT WASN’T COMFORTABLE, I KNEW IT WOULD NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM BECAUSE NO SOCCER PLAYER WOULD USE IT.
If it felt ok, I would continue the practical testing and test it on the turf to determine how well it blocked the heat. Eventually, I created the Blusol lab.
WE RAN TEST AFTER TEST AND CREATED PROTOTYPE AFTER PROTOTYPE.
We put the soles in soccer players shoes, lacrosse players, football players, tennis players, runners, firemen, policemen, soldiers and construction workers. I wanted to know how the heat shields performed under many conditions and what different people of all ages thought.
After 19 attempts at the Blusol Heat Shield, I found a material that worked. It prevents burning feet, is easy to install, fits all sizes up to men’s 14, does not alter shoe size and is pliable so you can use it with any type of shoe or current insole.
MY GOAL HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO MAKE SURE THIS IS AFFORDABLE SO EVERY KID COULD WEAR BLUSOL AND PLAY IN COMFORT.
Diane Scavuzzo: Can you just replace your cleat’s insole with Blusol?
Rob Becerra: Blusol is not an insole and was not designed to replace the insole.
Blusol sticks to the insole so it doesn’t move in the cleat.
It is super thin but powerful. Comfort and protection — most players don’t feel Blusol, and they don’t feel the burning heat coming off the turf.
WHY SHOULD I BUY BLUSOL HEAT SHIELDS? BECAUSE WE WANT YOU TO BURN THE COMPETITION, NOT YOUR FEET.
In Five Easy Steps:
Take your current sole out of your shoe or cleat.
Trace around the Blusol Heat Shield Insert.
Cut to customize the fit.
The Blusol Heat shields are designed to adhere to the bottom of your existing cleat’s insole. Just peel and stick Blusol to the bottom of your insole.
Insert Blusol into your cleat — that is it!
In Brief – The benefits of Blusol Heat Shields:
No more heat blisters.
Temperature Regulating Technology.
One Size Fits All.
Shoe size is not altered.
Durability — Will outlast your shoe.
Over 30-degree differential from the surface to the cleat.
Brady Elliott is an 8th grader who has a passion for both science and soccer. Brady has been in the US’s DA Soccer program since he was 8, and has practiced on synthetic turf every day. For Brady’s 8th-grade science fair project, he decided to combine the two things he loved most, and chose to do his project on a solution to an issue he and his teammates had to deal with every year. Turn burns and blisters.
For his science project, Brady chose a couple of different materials he believed would help reduce the heat player experience when playing on turf. Some of these materials were tin foil, engine heat shield material, and even Blusol Heat Sheild Inserts. To his amazing, Blusol Heat Sheild Inserts performed better than any of the other material Brady had experimented on. To read more about Brady’s testimonial, visit our blog post, How to Keep Your Kids Feet Safe From Turn Burn.
After completing his science fair project, Brady wanted to present it to more people. Brady received 1st place at his middle school science fair, then 1st place at Snowline Joint Unified School District, Gold at the SIM Science & Engineering Fair (San Bernardino County), and also received The Broadcom Masters Award & the Lemelson Early Inventor Prize.
Brady’s mother stated:
“You’ll notice Brady is in his soccer uniform in the pictures because he refuses to miss practice, so he rushed to the awards assembly after practice just making it to the last award.”
Brady’s passion for soccer and science paid off. We are so excited and happy for Brady and his accomplishment. We wish him the best as he moves on to the Stae of California’s Science and Engineering competition on April 29th.
Soccer season is right around the corner, and its time to get your kids bag together. Here are six things every soccer player needs in their bag this season.
Staying hydrated is important when playing any type of sport. Getting your kids to drink their water can be a challenge. Try adding flavor packs they will enjoy, to help get them excited about drinking their water. Having more than one water bottle is always a good idea. You never want to run out of water on a hot day.
Everyone gets a little snacky after playing on the field all day. Make sure to pack healthy and delicious snacks to fuel your player after a long practice, game, or scrimmage.
3. Extra Socks, Shorts, Jerseys, Shoes, and Shin Guards
It’s always a good idea to keep some extra socks, shorts, jerseys, and shin guards in your child’s soccer bag. You never know when you might need them. Have an extra pair of shoes your child to change into after a game, with also help preserve the bottom of their cleats.
4. Blusol Heat Sheild Inserts
Every year, thousands of kids come home with blisters, burns, and peeling skin on their feet, after a long soccer game on hot turf. BluSol Heat Shield Inserts protect your child’s feet from burns, blister, and peeling skin on their feet, but protecting their feet from the burning turf. BluSol Inserts can reduce hot turf temperatures by an average of 32 degrees!
No parent wants to forget their child’s cleats. Try to get your child in the habit of putting their cleats back into their bag after every game. This is another reason why it is a good idea to keep extra shoes in their bag for them to change into.
Sunscreen is super important when kids are playing in the sun all day. Make sure to have extra sunscreen, because this is something you never want to run out of.
Hopefully, this helps you pack your child’s soccer bag and be prepared for their new season. Now that you have the essentials packed and ready to go, you are all set to sit back, relax, and enjoy the game! Don’t forget to pack yourself a little bag with some snacks, sunscreen, and water too!
How to Keep Your Kids Feet Safe From Turf Burn & Heat Blisters
As a parent, nothing is worse than seeing your child in pain. Every year, thousands of children playing sports are exposed to heat blisters, peeling skin, and other forms of turf burn. So how are we supposed to keep our kids feet safe from these types of injuries? You could use tin foil, engine heat shield material, or other DIY heat shields, but do they actually work? And are those really your best options?
One kid from Phelan, California was eager to find out. He decided to test out a couple of different materials, including our BluSol Heat Shield Inserts and sent in this testimonial.
“My name is Brady Elliott and I am an 8th Grader at Heritage School in Phelan, CA. I have been playing in the US Soccer Development Academy Program for Golden State FC Academy since I was 8 years old. My passion is not only soccer but math and science and this year I wanted to bring my love for soccer, math, and science and focus my science project on something that addresses the ongoing problem that the soccer athletes face daily. This problem is the dangerous temperatures synthetic turf can reach and its impact on players. With more fields turning to synthetic grass over a cooler natural grass, players are on fields that can reach up to 170 degrees, thus putting them at risk for burns, blisters, and more injuries.
Unfortunately, I practice year round, 5 days a week, on synthetic turf. Especially during the summer months, my teammates and I have suffered blisters and other injuries related to the temperatures. As you know, with higher-level soccer, athletes pick a cleat that may be lighter, but with lighter cleats means little to protect the foot from heat.
I have spent over five months gathering research and conducting various tests on which material would reduce these dangerous temperatures produced by synthetic turf. For my science project, I bought a pair of your BluSol inserts and included them in the materials that were being tested.
I believe you will be happy with your product’s results and its success. While the amount of athletes playing on synthetic turf increases every day, the hazardous temperatures that the synthetic turf gives off will not change. One thing that can change is the use of a protective insole insert such as BluSol to protect us athletes. After seeing how BluSol held up in my science project, I know I will be purchasing some pairs to use in my own cleats in the future.”
Incredible right? What an amazing testimonial! At BluSol, we strive to keep your children’s feet safe from burns and blisters. If your child is suffering from blisters, burns, and peeling skin, try our heat shield inserts and see what a difference it can make in their comfort.
Synthetic turf surfaces have long been regarded as a lower maintenance alternative to natural turf. However, synthetic surfaces like natural turf have their shortcomings. In the spring of 2002 a Field Turf synthetic surface was installed on one half of Brigham Young University’s Football Practice Field. The other half of the installation is a sand-based natural turf field. Shortly after the Field Turf was installed football camps were started. The coaches noticed the surface of the synthetic turf was very hot. One of the coaches got blisters on the bottom of his feet through his tennis shoes. An investigation was launched to determine the range of the temperatures, the effect water for cooling of the surfaces, and how the temperatures compared to other surfaces.
It is that crazy time of year again. What to get your favorite soccer player, coach or fan? Whether you play or enjoy being an armchair coach, or call it football or soccer, here are the ULTIMATE BEST EVER gifts for fans of the beautiful game.
Editor’s Note: This is my annual guide with our editor’s picks of the best gifts for this holiday season!
The most wonderful time of the year is even better now with SoccerToday’s Soccer Lovers BEST EVER Holiday 2018 Gift Guide.
Love a soccer player? Relax this year, soccer fans can delight in a great selection of possible presents — celebrating Christmas, Chanukah or just the spirit of giving is now easier.
Check out our carefully creative list to help you brings smiles to soccer fans of all ages. Just click on the image to see where you can buy the item.
The items on this list are exclusively selected by our editors.
Cap Culture Heaven
The joy of wearing a cap has never been so wonderful as it is this holiday season with a choice of great styles and colors. Here are a few of the more stylish picks from MLS (LAFC’s “Icon” earns the top spot) plus the best from U.S. Soccer and International teams:
*LAFC New Era Black Icon 59FIFTY Fitted cap is $44.99 or there is the similar Mitchell & Ness Black Logo Snapback Adjustable version on sale for $23.00.
The Best Improve Your Fitness Gift
Created by a professional soccer player for soccer players, Kris Barr’s simple, flexible and ingenious Penalty Box is on sale for $21.97 ($31.95 with bag).
Barr studied Exercise Science in college, became a certified trainer, and believes that the Penalty Box will transform your body.
Star-Kick Touch Trainer
For improving ball control, rhythm, and technique, this virtual trainer from SKLZ was built to build better players!
A fun gift, this helps increase foot-eye coordination in both feet and improve passing, control, rhythm, and touch. With 360º swivel power, it is a great gift to build confidence and improve passing.
YOU ARE THE REF 300 Footballing Conundrums
Keith Hackett and Paul Trevillion’s new book You Are The Ref 300 has 300 of the best and most tricky footballing dilemmas — giving soccer lovers an insight into the unpredictable challenges a referee can face and the tough decisions he or she has to make.
KICK LIKE A GIRL Shorts
It is all about: Dream. Believe. Achieve. Great slogans for every player but these cool shorts are designed for girls!
Manchester City Christmas Crackers
Back again on our list: Manchester City Christmas Crackers – 6 Pack. Fabulous English Christmas tradition, Christmas Crackers are fun for the whole family. Each cracker contains a trivia question, small gift, and a paper hat.
Manchester City Rubiks Cube
And, double check the Manchester City website. Great travel bags, baby plate, bowl and cup, and even a PS4 Controller Skin for your soccer-loving gamer.
Blusol Heat Shield Insert
Ok — so it may not be blisteringly hot of the soccer fields right now, but we all know that it will be. Invented by U.S. Soccer Technical Adviser Rob Becerra, Blusol is an adhesive insert applied directly to the insole of any cleat.
The former Stanford coach who now heads up the Girls program at Surf SC knows how hot the field gets and has solved the problem with temperature regulating technology. Blusol reduces the heat that is normally transferred from the turf to the athlete’s foot. For $29.99, this will be a favorite stocking stuffer for your soccer player.
Monopoly – Manchester United Soccer Edition
This special edition of a famous board game has the stars of the Manchester United FC squad as well as iconic locations, from Old Trafford to the AON Training Complex.
Move around the board, buying and selling players and building stands and stadiums. Perfect for the soccer fan, you can then sit back and accumulate a fortune from your football empire, but make sure to avoid taxes, penalties …. Age 8+ Players 2-6
Special edition Monopoly versions are also available for World Cup 2018 Edition if you want to be reminded that the USA (or Italy) didn’t make it.
Show Off Your Soccer Medals
Nothing is Impossible – Motivational Medal Hanger proudly displays your medals — Made of lightweight high-grade aluminum and holds 16-20 medals.
Want to stay Warm in Seasonal Holiday Green?
One of our favs: Portland Timbers Fanatics Branded Green Primary Logo Pullover Hoodie
Or are you more of an LA Galaxy Zlatan Ibrahimovic Hoodie fan?
The LA Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic Navy pullover hoodie is available for men, youths, and women. *Prices may vary depending upon sales.
What could be more sought after than FIFA? From building dream squads to competing against rivals this year’s new FIFA19 takes gaming to a new level.
Chose from the Standard, Champions and Ultimate Editions … available in PS4, Xbox and Nintendo Switch.
14k Yellow Gold 3-D Soccer Ball Charm
Looking for something for the woman who loves soccer or encourages your soccer passion? Fine jewelry is always a great gift at the holidays and here is a 3-D 14-karat yellow gold with fine detailing soccer ball charm — hang on a chain for a soccer lovers’ necklace or add to a charm bracelet!
Dribble Up Smart Soccer Ball
Professional quality soccer ball with a free app for iOS and Android that allows you to track your ball control and shooting workouts on your phone. It is compatible with iOS 10+ and Android 7 and all TVs. Balls available in a size 4 or 5.
There are even 75+ interactive workouts and 30-day programs with clear video instructions. And, coaches have told us that this ball really does help players improve their soccer skills while having a lot of fun challenging themselves. We have tested this ball and like it a lot! *There is an optional $15 charge for an upgraded stand that fits all phones.