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Spring Recreational Soccer League

Early Bird Discount

By Amy Snider - October 30, 2017

Colorado Storm will open the Spring Recreational League registration on November 3rd, 2018.  We are offering a special early bird discount of $25 if you register and pay by January 20th, 2018.

If you have questions or need more information, please see the links below, or give us a call.

Fort Collins 
Cayla Deacon (970) 484-8328
Registration link

North
Aaron Smith or Clint Shade (720)929-8159
Registration link

South

Gina King (303)268-1130
Registration link

Castle Rock
Tina Mickens (303)660-0109 
Registration link
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Colorado Gives Day 2017

Corporate Giving Opportunities

By Stephanie Gabbert - October 30, 2017

Colorado Gives Day, December 5th, 2017, is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.  All funds raised through our Colorado Gives Day platform go to our need-based Scholarship Fund.  This fund allows our scholarship players to experience the joy of sport, compete with their friends, and build life skills that will impact them for a lifetime!  Our Storm Colorado Gives Day site can be found here: https://www.coloradogives.org/ColoradoStormSoccerAssociation/overview
 
Our 2017 Colorado Gives Day Goal = $10,000 (includes individual and corporate donations)
 
This year we are offering opportunities for our corporate friends to exercise their philanthropic muscles and join with us in this day of giving!  Below are our corporate charitable donation packages for Colorado Gives Day 2017.  This is a great way to gain exposure to our 7,600 members across the Front Range, show your support for a great cause, and make a long-term impact on a young player at Storm!
 
$250 Donation
  • 2 recognitions on Storm social media between November 14 – December 4
  • 1 recognition on Storm social media day of – December 5
  • Recognition in Storm club-wide newsletter December and January
  • 1 Recognition on Storm social media post event 
$500 Donation
  • 3 recognitions on Storm social media between November 14 – December 4
  • 1 recognition on Storm social media day of – December 5
  • Recognition in Storm club-wide newsletter December
  • Ad/logo in Storm club-wide newsletter January
  • Recognition in email blast pre event date, December 5
  • 1 Recognition on Storm social media post event 
$1000 Donation
  • All of the above plus:
  • Recognition in email blast post event
  • 1 dedicated recognition on Storm social media post event
  • Logo placement on Storm website month of January
*Storm social media includes 4,500+ followers
*Storm club-wide newsletter and emails distributed to 11,000+ emails
 
Thank you for your consideration to support our kids on this day of giving.  We would love to have your company involved so please feel free to contact me with any questions.  The sooner we have you on board the earlier we can start promoting your involvement so let’s get started!
 
Contact:  Stephanie Gabbert  sgabbert@coloradostorm.com  (720) 517-9695 
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ACL Research Study through the University of Denver

with the 03 Girls ECNL team

By Julie Graves, MA, ATC - October 11, 2017

Colorado Storm has been conducting an ACL Research Study through the University of Denver with the 03 Girls ECNL team, in which they have been wearing the T:25 Knee from CEP Topical Gear. The purpose of these wearables is to enhance performance by increasing speed and vertical jump and reduce the risk of injury such as hamstring strains and ACL tears. This is accomplished by the T:25 pads, which applies topical pressure to train the medial quadriceps and hamstring muscles. You wear them for 1.5 hours per day, during motion, for 10 days. Continue to wear 1.5 hours every other day, during training or practice, for the next 6 weeks, or as desired. Colorado Storm and the Research Team at the University of Denver are very excited to examine data in how the T:25 Knee are making a difference in training and preventative measures. 

CEP Topical Gear also has many other products such as the compression socks. I am encouraging all athletes, especially athletes/teams that travel many times throughout the year to purchase the 2.0 Run Socks, which are full length compression socks. The progressive compression technology, which has been scientifically proven to increase circulation by up to 40%, helps you feel lighter on your feet and less fatigued no matter the distance. 

Unparalleled Wearability The socks mold to your feet like a second-skin, giving you a superior shoe fit with guaranteed blister prevention and wearing comfort.

Stay Cool Built in air-conditioning allows air to flow through the ribbed pattern on the front of the shin. Air will hit moisture that has been pulled from the surface of your skin and reduce skin temperature up-to 6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Goodbye Shin Splints CEP's high-tech compression fibers provide maximum support and stability, which helps prevent micro tears in the connective tissues that cause shin splints. 

I would highly recommend compression socks for recovery after practices and games, especially when having to travel long distance via plane and the change in pressure. They will help prevent pooling of the lower extremity due to lactic acid build up as well as fluid retention and increase circulation for maximum recovery. 

Use discount code AM-10OFF-SM17 to get 10% off
any order you make from CEP Topical Gear!

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Refresher on Foam Rolling


By Julie Nickoley, Head Athletic Trainer, Colorado Storm - September 1, 2017

Are your legs feeling tight, heavy, or weak? With the season just beginning and practice and game load increasing rapidly, you need to remember to take care of your muscles off the field. Rejuvenation for your body outside of team time is crucial for peak performance. Foam rolling is a simple, affordable, and extremely beneficial way to keep your muscles in tip top shape as the season progresses.

FOAM ROLLING

Foam Rolling
Why should you foam roll?
The purpose of foam rolling is to create flexibility in the muscle and mobility between the skin and the muscle. Between skin and muscle there is a layer of fibrous connective tissue called fascia. This connective tissue helps stabilize and anchor muscles, as well as other internal structures. Fascia is also between muscle layers and almost every organ in the body. When a muscle or surrounding soft tissue becomes irritated due to surgery, overuse, or injury the fascia becomes irregular and fascial adhesions may form between the skin and muscle or between muscle layers. These adhesions can modify mobility, range of motion and can ultimately cause injury. Foam rolling can help decrease these adhesions while increasing mobility and range of motion in the muscle that is being rolled out. There are also trigger points or “knots” that form in muscle due to a lack of blood flow to that area because of tightness. Foam Rolling will help release these trigger points to get the muscle working at its full capacity.
 
Low Density or High Density? Long or short?
Foam rollers come in all shapes and sizes. The size only matters based on personal preference and travel convenience. There are also high density and low density foam rollers. For beginners, start with the low density foam roller so you can begin to mobilize the fascia/muscles being worked on without causing too much pain. Eventually you will need to build up to the high density foam roller so that the tissue is getting the most amount of pressure to release those adhesions/trigger points. Beware, foam rolling is not a comfortable thing to do and will be a little painful! That is normal. Ease into it by starting with a low density foam roller and working your way up.
 
Directions on how to properly foam roll:
You will use your body and gravity to properly foam roll the tissue/muscle being worked on. For soccer players, all the lower leg muscles should be rolled out. That includes: the Quadriceps (front thigh muscles), IT Band (side thigh muscle/band running from your hip to your knee), Gluteus Maximus (that big muscle you sit on!), Hamstrings (back of the thigh muscles), Adductors (inner thigh muscles), Calves (back of lower leg muscles), and Peroneals (side of lower leg muscles). When rolling out and you hit a trigger point or “knot” (you will know because it will be a sharp pain), stay on that point for at least 30 seconds or until you can feel it release and then continue rolling out slowly and controlled each muscle for 1-2 minutes per muscle group.
 
Foam rolling can be done before and/or after practice as many times during the day as you have time for. If you are playing a sport, you have tight muscles! So, the earlier you start foam rolling the better! Athletic performance will go up and the risk of injury will go down.
 
If you have any questions or would like to set up and appointment to learn more on how to properly foam roll, please contact:
 
Julie Nickoley
Head Athletic Trainer | Colorado Storm
University of Colorado | Sports Medicine
Julie.nickoley@ucdenver.edu
Jnickoley@coloradostorm.com
Work: 303-828-7162
 
References:
Dr. Brant Stock. (2016). Instrument-Assisted Fascial Mobilization for Mobility and Injury Prevention [Brochure]. Pg. 2-3
 
Gaiamâ Restore Deep Tissue Roller in Orange [Photograph]. (2016, November 28). https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/gaiam-reg-restore-deep-tissue-roller-in-orange/1045527135?skuId=45527135&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_beautywellness_&adpos=1o2&creative=43742629909&device=c&matchtype=&network=s&product_id=45527135&gclid=CjwKEAiAyO_BBRDOgM-K8MGWpmYSJACePQ9Cm8BDynF15ifbXJvd79i8GtSQCrHGBcvbkfKLUY20pBoCuxnw_wcB
 
ProForm 24-Inch Foam Roller [Photograph]. (2016, November 28). http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2475337/proform-24-inch-foam-roller.jsp?ci_mcc=ci&utm_campaign=PERSONAL%20CARE&utm_medium=CSE&utm_source=google&utm_product=46459630&CID=shopping15&gclid=CjwKEAiAyO_BBRDOgM-K8MGWpmYSJACePQ9ClKoPcYqhaiCHjUNQSWLMum1Gp4gS9miTKX0lT1SYBxoC-Jjw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CPyOg7mozNACFVdCAQodhIwFhg.
 
PRO-TEC FOAM ROLLER 6”X18” [Photograph]. (2016, November 28). http://www.footlocker.com/product/model:193075/sku:85718/pro-tec-foam-roller-6x18/blue/&SID=9114&inceptor=1&cm_mmc=SEM-_-PLA-_-Google-_-85718&gclid=CjwKEAiAyO_BBRDOgM-K8MGWpmYSJACePQ9CTYej15oBqqHBlFfgrLvn79bbE46Le_AQhNuE4zjMAxoCA4Dw_wcB

 
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USMNT WATCH PARTY at Resolute Brewery Sept 1


By Amy Snider - August 18, 2017

Storm USA Men’s National Team Game Watch Party/Fundraiser Sept. 1st!
Come help celebrate the start of the fall soccer season with your Storm friends on September 1st for the USA Men’s World Cup qualifier vs. Costa Rica! Our friends at Resolute Brewery have offered to host us and donate a percentage of the sales during that time to Storm’s Access to Sport programs (A2S) that help us make sure all kids have a chance to play! If you are a Storm alumni, bring in an old photo and receive a special Storm prize. The first 35 Storm members to arrive will also receive a free drink ticket. Game time kick off is 4:30pm and we will have raffles for great prizes during the game! Watch the qualifier with Storm staff and friends, help support a great cause, and kick off the fall season - Storm style! 
 
Event Details
When: Friday, September 1st 4:30-6:30pm
 
Where: Resolute Brewery - 7286 S. Yosemite St. #110, Centennial, CO 80112
 
Who: Storm members, alumni, coaches and staff
 
Why: Watch the US Men’s team qualify for the World Cup with your Storm friends and help raise money for Storm's A2S program
 
*This event was originally scheduled for Sept. 5th and has been changed to Sept. 1st. This is a 21 years of age and older event.
 
 
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