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Parkland Women’s Soccer Prepares for 2016 Season

Parkland College Women’s Soccer is pleased to announce the incoming freshman class for the 2016 season.  Seven new recruits will join the 13 returning sophomores to start preseason on August 1st to defend the Cobras’ M-WAC title.  All seven hail from the state of Illinois and are expected to make serious contributions to an already successful team.

I am excited about this incoming group. It’s a fairly small class but filled with proven players who are going to step right into key roles on this team.  Having such a large, and successful sophomore class returning next season will help the incoming group get settled quickly and hit the ground running in August.

TozerBrooke Tozer joins the Cobras from nearby Charleston.  Primarily a defender, Tozer is really a versatile player, capable of slotting into a number of roles on the team.  “I wanted to be challenged and I know that Parkland is a great program and will help me to continue to get better,” she stated.

MerchantBrianna Merchant comes to Parkland from Troy, in southern Illinois.  An avid fan of the US Women’s National Team, Merchant is an experienced and imposing defender.  Prior to signing with the Cobras, she suffered a serious injury setback but has recovered unbelievably quickly and will be fit for the start of preseason training.  On her decision to join the Cobras, Merchant said, “I chose Parkland because I loved the atmosphere of the college, I’ve been looking forward to starting ever since I visited.”  She will be a part of the Parkland Pathways program as well.

HudspethDestiny Hudspeth joins Parkland from Springfield.  An attack-minded player, Destiny will be a strong addition to the Cobras’ offense, which has terrorized opposing teams for the past few seasons.  Describing Parkland as “a good school, with good soccer,” she looks forward to joining the team August 1.

YounkerClaire Younker, a native of Morton, joins the Cobras a versatile winger.  A strong and athletic player, Younker will be an asset to the team both defending and going forward.  On her decision to sign with Parkland, Younker said, “I chose Parkland because I like that it is a winning program and that I get the chance to be part of that tradition. I felt that Parkland was the place for me as soon as I visited the campus.”

BarriaAlso joining the Cobras from Springfield is Marissa Barria.  A true, box-to-box center midfielder, Barria is expected to make a major impact in an already strong center of the park for the Cobras.  She is a longtime fan of Catalan Giants and last year’s Champions League winner, FC Barcelona.

MossmanSydney Mossman joins the Cobras from Alton.  A very technical player, Mossman will make big contributions on the offensive side for the Cobras, and will play both as a center forward and an attacking winger.  Sydney had club success with St. Louis Scott Gallagher and is going to push for a key role behind the Cobras’ already established attackers.

MartinezAnd the Cobras’ last addition to the recruiting class, from Centennial High School in Champaign is Hannah Martinez.  Hannah just moved to Champaign last year, but was a key player in a very successful campaign for Centennial this past year.  A very athletic player, Hannah will play primarily in the holding midfield role, but will be expected to fit into a number of positions on the park.

Parkland College Women’s Soccer open their defense of the M-WAC title on August 28 at home vs. Maple Woods Community College of Kansas City, MO.

[Chris Jackson is the recently appointed head coach of the Cobras Women’s Soccer Team.]

New Heart-Rate Tech Helps Teams, Trainers

Parkland College’s new Polar Team Pro heart rate telemetry system contains technology primarily used by professional and collegiate sports teams to track training volume.  Parkland acquired the system when it was released internationally this summer; we were the first to have the system in the United States.

Our Cobras Women’s Soccer team is currently using the system to make sure they are not over- or under-training during their competitive season. But they’re not the only ones benefiting from this new technology. Dalton Swenson, one of our student trainers, explains below.

 

Training Tool. The athlete wears the transmitter during games and competitions, and it records multiple data points for that person. Inside the transmitter is an accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate monitor, and GPS, as well as other technologies. As the athlete trains outdoors, Polar has 13 satellites that look for the signal. When four satellites pick up the signal, the athlete’s position on earth is monitored, as well as her speed of movement, change of direction, etc.

So, the athlete/coach can review the practice/game and see exactly where the athelete was during every second of that session, what their heart rate was at the time, how fast they were moving, etc. All of the data points objectively help tell the athlete how hard the session was for her on that day, and how long she will need to recover from it. It will also give total calories burned during the session so the athlete knows how much food she needs to refuel.

Learning Tool. Our Parkland Kinesiology students are learning the system and are helping the intercollegiate coaching staffs here interpret the data to give practical advice to student athletes on training intensity, training volume, nutrition, and recovery strategies. It gives our students experience with a product that is typically seen with world-class soccer programs (such as our United States women’s team), the NBA, NFL, and Division I football and basketball.

If they want to become a strength and conditioning coach, or work in the growing field of analytics, this technology gives them a huge leg up on the competition. It also aids the personal trainer or physical education instructor who is going to work with a different clientele, but where heart-rate telemetry can be highly effective in aiding the client.

For the regular person, there are inexpensive heart-rate transmitters that an individual could use to get similar information on their own workouts. Obviously they won’t be as fancy or intricate as this system, but they will help you make important training decisions and get a clear understanding of how hard a session really was.

[Chris Warren is director of the Parkland Kinesiology program.]