The Big Ten
With Canadian Olympic Team Member Carm Moscato.
1. How long have you been a BioSig Certified and what got you interested in Poliquins system?
I took my first BioSig course this year in Halmstad, Sweden. I was turned on to Poliquin in 2009 when I came out of retirement to try my luck at International soccer again for Canada. My childhood best friend Rosa Rago, playfully called “the Poli-Queen” was my first trainer back to the game and she guided me based on Poliquin theories and methodologies both nutritionally and in the weight room. I came back lean, balanced and made an impression in my first national team camp and was there ever since!! I was an instant believer.
2. What other certifications and education do you hold in regards to your profession?
I started coaching at the age of 23 and stopped at 25. I was an assistant coach at the University of Louisville and went through two courses through the NSCAA. I took my National Diploma and my Advanced National Diploma. I immediately began playing after I left Louisville and I am 2 months out of the Olympic Games, three years later so I haven’t had time to focus on my coaching credentials. I plan to take my coaching licenses as soon as I can! I also plan to continue my Poliquin education to be able to better guide myself, and the players I work with about training and nutrition.
3. How old were you when you start playing soccer and did you ever think that it would take you to the Olympics?
I started playing soccer at the age of 4. I knew I could potentially have a future in the sport at the age of 16. That was the year I was chosen to play for my province, Ontario, which was the first step towards playing for our national team. I was chosen for both the youth and the full national teams from 2001-2004. I was released from the program at that point and did not return until 5 years later in 2009 where there was a staff change. Throughout it all, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to get my degree and play at Penn State University for my collegiate career, from 2002—2005.
“To now answer the question….no! There was no way to know where my journey would take me when I decided to begin in 2001, but I do know that the key is staying present, working hard and being grateful for every opportunity I was granted!”
4. As a professional and Olympic level soccer player, what is the most demanding aspect of your sport from a physical standpoint?
I would say the most demanding aspect of the game from a physical standpoint is working on your weaknesses, because that is what makes you the most uncomfortable. For me, my mobility and flexibility were identified as a major area of weakness for me (hip and ankle). It was hindering me from reaching my max speed potential. I also have very weak shoulders from subluxing both of them at various times in my career. I have never been able to do a pull up and the first step was working on my stabilizer muscles, and all the remedial exercises that accompanied them, I am a strong person, but felt so weak and almost vulnerable working on this part of my body and it doesn’t feel very good!
5. During the finals in London. Was it difficult balancing the demands of being an athlete with the demands of increasing media and spectator interest?
Luckily our team has a media guy who took care of all the requests. As you can imagine some of us were in higher demands then others, ahem Sinclair!! I would go as far as to say it was a non- factor during the tournament however after winning the bronze was a completely different story!!!
6. What are your current coaching goals and how would you describe yourself as a coach and trainer?
My coaching goals are quite simple. I believe my job is to simplify the game for the players. There are two ways to view players, one is as empty vessels in which the coach pours knowledge into players and dictates their decision making process. This approach makes all decisions based on the coaching preferences and leaves little space for player empowerment and ownership. I do not believe in this approach, I believe in the complete opposite. In my opinion, players need to be guided towards discovery and I believe my job as their coach is to accelerate that process through communication, video analysis and mentorship. Therefore my goals is to continue to educate myself so that my players are receiving the best information possible at all times and continue to role model what I expect of them through my actions in terms of discipline, ownership and integrity.
7. Tell us a little bit about your current role at the University of Wisconsin Soccer program?
I have come in as the second assistant here at Wisconsin. I played for my current staff Paula Wilkins and Tim Rosenfeld at Penn State University so the pre-existing relationship has helped with the transition into coaching. My role on staff is to guide the girls to be as professional, responsible and educated about the game as possible. I believe, being a player still at heart myself, that I can easily relate with the players and create common ground with them which aids as a platform to communicate information easily. I would also like to think that I have brought the details of the modern game to the environment.
8. What would you consider the greatest obstacle for developing soccer players?
I would say the greatest obstacle for developing soccer players collegiately is creating an environment that is balanced between academics and athletics and in which is maximizing in both areas. Academics come first, as they should, so it is up to us as coaches to maximize those hours we do have with players on and off the pitch.
9. What is the one thing you would like to see change in the development of professional soccer players.
I cannot take an ounce of credit for this opinion, but I fully agree with Charles Poliquin when he says when that the strength and conditioning aspect of soccer is about 20 years behind the times. This is so true and having played all over the world it’s easy to see that there is no real consensus on how soccer players should be trained and the lack of agreement causes inconsistencies with the levels of the sport in any given country and level. I think the best is yet to come for our sport and I’m excited to see it develop over the next decade!
1. I want to make sure that I am always moving forward and never taking backwards step. The way to go about this is to be open to the lessons that are inevitably placed in our days. It’s up to me to be open enough to absorb them and reflect on them.
2. To be the coach that I always wanted to have. I have to give thanks to all my coaches/role models along the way, all of which have contributed to who I am today. I have to however give a big thanks to John Herdman, our latest national team coach who taught me that emotional intelligence and self awareness are the keys to managing players, that there is no such things as mistakes, only opportunities to grow and that “productive paranoia” is a sure path to success.
3. To be present at all times.
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