Erica Suter on Building Humans First, and Soccer Players Second

Ever since she was in middle school, Erica Suter has been strength training, and her love of athleticism was encouraged and supported by her parents.

Soon, Erica played collegiate soccer while studying at John Hopkins University, where she was recognized as an Outstanding Female Athlete. Erica eventually played soccer semi-professionally in Brazil, where she also found her passion for coaching the youth.

Today, Erica is a Soccer Skills and Strength Conditioning Coach who helps youth soccer players become strong, resilient, and creative. 

Erica joins me today to discuss her philosophy of training for human development first before training for athletic development.

She describes her journey into professionally coaching young female soccer players and reveals what inspired her to focus on training the youth.

She reveals the most frequent injuries she sees in her athlete demographic and shares her methods to prevent injuries.

And she also highlights the value of being a role model and explains how a coach can be a leader for youth athletes.


Develop more than just a soccer player. Girls need to realize what their strengths are. Dial-in and lead by example. – Erica Suter


This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

  • Soccer as a universal language and form of creative expression
  • Erica’s philosophy of training the human first and why it’s essential for her
  • Why athletic training goes beyond sports
  • The importance of starting soccer training with the basics
  • How Erica sets up and communicates expectations with parents of youth soccer players
  • Games to include in youth training sessions and how they develop coordination, balance, and teamwork
  • The biggest training mistakes Erica sees in soccer development and why teaching creativity in soccer is essential
  • How kids in Brazil play soccer, and what makes it different from how American children play the sport
  • The most frequent injuries in training young female soccer players and how Erica prevents injuries
  • What it takes to develop and maintain speed in young soccer players
  • What a typical workout session with Erica looks like during an off-season
  • How Erica cut out jogging in her warm-ups and replaced it with multi-directional skipping
  • The importance of being a leader to young, female athletes and the measure of success for a sports coach


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