Performance signs with Pro Player Agency



Performance Unlimited is pleased to announce the continued growth of our services to the highest quality of player development available. It has always been our mission to be industry leaders for physical performance in the world of soccer, and the recognition of well respected player agent Adam Pastore and his agency, Carolina Sports Agency, is a large step in achieving this goal.

“This is a great partnership for Carolina Sports Agency and our athletes.  The entire staff at Performance Unlimited is proficient, passionate, and committed to providing outstanding service to clients, and we could not ask for a better partner.”

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Carolina Sports Agency is the representing entity for a host of professional players across several different leagues, including a large portion within the MLS. Based in Charlotte, CSA representation includes several local players that have gone on to sign MLS contracts, including Giuseppe Gentile, Jared Watts, and Alex Martinez. The tireless personal service that Adam is able to give his players is a large part of why so many young MLS stars are choosing CSA.

giussi_CHI_FIREAdam always has my best interest in mind and he cares about me as a person.  Both he and John work hard to provide the best service to their clients. It has already paid off for me, as I continue to develop as a professional. -Giuseppe Gentile: Chicago Fire


alex_martinez_kcAdam is an extremely hard working guy.  He is always available no matter the time or circumstances, and he has 100% confidence in his players. -Alex Martinez: Sporting KC


Carolina Sports Agency allows me as a player to only have to focus on performing at the highest level possible.  Adam is always honest and he looks out for the best interest of his players. -Jared Watts: Colorado Rapids

The modern game of soccer demands a much higher respect to the physical side of the game and that these players are provided the appropriate resources that can give them the necessary expertise and facilities while they are away from their teams. It will be our role, at Performance, to work with the professional players in all soccer-specific aspects of physical development, in order to ensure/improve the longevity and success of their career. We will communicate directly with Adam and the individual club’s fitness coaches to compliment their yearly program and work to correlate this information within our proven systems. Being the premiere soccer specific training company in Charlotte, and already garnering experience working to develop some of Carolina Sports’ current players, we feel the relationship is natural and already a positive one.

“With this partnership, our clients at CSA will have complete access to the facility and all of its services.  Performance Unlimited can help our clients in several ways, whether they are preparing for a tryout, rehabilitating from an injury, or looking for some advanced technical work in the offseason.  The benefits offered by Performance Unlimited will be instrumental in helping our clients maximize their potential.

Performance Unlimited is so much more than just a workout facility.  Every aspect of the athlete’s experience at the facility is completely personalized.  Advanced testing is used to assess each athlete to determine his body type, movement, fitness level, nutrition, and more.  The staff will even film workout sessions and break down the video with each client to help improve technique.  Each athlete performs different types of drills and workouts depending on which position he plays.  The attention to detail is incredible.  There is no question that Performance Unlimited has the formula to help athletes take their game to the next level.” -Adam Pastore: President Carolina Sports Agency

If you want your player, no matter what age or level, to get the same quality programming that the Pro’s are looking for…let us know. Send us an email at or give us a call at 704-750-0805. We will guide you through the process that is best for your situation. Classes are open enrollment and price depends on needs, frequency, and commitment.

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Performance Education Series feat. PLAY YOUR BEST SERIES


Performance Unlimited is continuing our successful start to our newest service, Performance Education. Our first event had Tim Livingston, from ACES nation come in and give a great education piece on College Recruiting. Our turn out was great and the information was even better. Now we want to build on that event and dial into the athlete and fitness enthusiast with a calendar of events that enforce our vision of becoming the leading education resource for youth sports, health, and wellness.

See the Calendar below and pass this along to all of your friends that would benefit from the topics:

  • Thursday, February 27thAthlete Mindset: Mastering Self Confidence with Jeremy Boone. This event is open to all parents and athletes, ages 12 and older. All sports are welcome. $5 registration fee for each attendee. There is a minimum of 10 that must register for event to be held. Click Here for Registration 
  • Thursday, March 6thPerformance Nutrition: Weight Loss 101 with Sarah Cook Ms, Rdn, Ldn. This event is open to the public for registration with a $5 cover charge. Click Here for Registration
  • Thursday, March 13thAthlete Mindset: Creating Mental Toughness with Jeremy Boone. This event is open to all parents and athletes, ages 12 and older. All sports are welcome. $5 registration fee for each attendee. There is a minimum of 10 that must register for event to be held. Click Here for RegistrationCoaching-springbreak5DSC_0026


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We are GIVING away $1000 College Scholarships

In a continued effort at providing a full service, supplemental resource for soccer development, we are beginning our Development Workshop Series with an unbelievable event for the college soccer recruiting process. Performance Unlimited is bringing a true expert, in Tim Livingston, in order to have him give an insider look at how to be successful at one of the least understood processes in your sports.

Best of all, every player younger than 11th grad (even as low as 3rd grade) will receive a $1000 college scholarship to your choice of over 317 different colleges and universities across the country.  Here are some of the FAQ’s that have been asked about this event:

  • Where is the event? At the Performance Unlimited facility at 6300 Carmel Rd, Suite 140.
  • Does the athlete have to attend? No, in fact we recommend that any player younger than 8th grade not to attend. If you are an 8th grader or older, the information is very applicable and valuable, however we absolutely want to have the parents be the priority in attending.
  • How do we register? All parents can register here: 
  • Can I get the $1000 scholarship for multiple children? Yes, you can register as many athletes as you would like, and each of them will qualify for the scholarship (except juniors and seniors in high school).
  • For more info, see the ACES website by clicking the flyer link below or you can email us at or call 704-750-0805

    Flyer_College Recruting 101_Charlotte2_Jan 7 2014


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Nutrition Update November 2013

In the news

Have you ever heard of the alkaline diet? If you read or listen to the news at all, then I suppose the answer is yes.  Here is a recent Chicago Tribune response to the diet claims:,0,2567147.story

One of the biggest challenges to the general public related to understanding nutrition and overall health is the ability to decipher scientifically supported truths from “quackery”.  As you can see from this article, it is very easy to sensationalize a part of the story and make it seem as if it is the whole truth.  This applies to many fad diets that have come and gone over the years.

Here are 10 “Red Flags” to help you identify junk science:

  1. Promises of a quick fix.
  2. Extreme danger warnings from a single food product or eating regimen.
  3. Claims sounding too good to be true.
  4. Simple conclusions drawn from a complex study.
  5. Dramatic statements that are not supported by reputable scientific organizations.
  6. Lists of “good” and “bad” foods.
  7. Endorsements made to help sell a product.
  8. Recommendations based on studies published without scientific review.
  9. Recommendations ignoring differences between individuals or groups.

Become an advocate for you and your family’s health by reading beyond the headline and asking the right questions.  You will feel empowered to know that you are getting sound advice.


This is a new website I’ve been sharing with my colleagues and it is really worth keeping as one of your “go-to’s” for all scientifically sound nutrition information.  The site is an independent organization that presents un-biased research on nutrition and supplements.  As far as I know, this site is ONE OF A KIND when it comes to finding a place to read the facts, supported by research, in an objective manner.  The site also has a FAQ’s section that helps answer common nutrition related questions.  Sample FAQ’s include: “Are eggs healthy?” “How important is sleep?” “Is HFCS worse than sugar?” “Is diet soda bad for you?”

Check it out:


A fall favorite in our house that is very versatile, SO easy to make and is a prime leftover candidate…drum roll please….

Alton Brown’s Curried Split Pea Soup Recipe

**For a complete meal, add shredded cooked chicken breasts or lean chopped ham to this soup.  If you like a little kick, add hot sauce as a topping once served. 


Post by:

Sarah Cook, MS, RDN, LDN

Links to all sources are included in the post.  Want to learn more or have nutrition questions?  Contact me at

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How to prevent injuries and increase performance in 6 weeks


“Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – Ben Franklin

“The function of protecting and developing health must rank even above that of restoring it when it is impaired” – Hippocrates


The ACL injury rate with female soccer players is at an epidemic rate. We all know that…but I am calling out all the parents and coaches that read this and do nothing about it. If you are not helping your player to resist these injuries, you are accepting that this is just a part of every athlete’s journey. I strongly disagree with that rationale, and for those who are already in a strength program, you may want to question everything that your son or daughters trainer is doing and seriously begin to inquire about the effectiveness of their program. I am in constant reminder that players are moving more and more into the notion that they need programs that will work on the physical aspects of the game, but not all programs are created equal.

  • Does your physical program know the demands of soccer?
  • Does your program understand the culture of soccer (seasons of competition)?
  • Does your program understand your individual needs?
  • Does your program include movement quality with strength gains?
  • Is it correctly progressive?
  • Is it grounded in research?
  • Does it force the player to work on cardio conditioning (trust me…most young players do not need it and older players get too much of it)?

My point is that it is up to you, as the consumer, to ask these questions and get to know what the program itself is really doing for your performance.

Here is a letter that I wrote, back in 2010, to a large club, after I witnessed 6 knee related injuries and/or surgeries on 1 team within 12 months. The club gently told me that they already had plans to install a proper warm up for all club teams. I agree that this would be a great step towards injury prevention and enhanced performance…but I am still waiting for that warm up to show up. I have inserted _’s to keep the identity of club and persons involved anonymous.

Thanks _,

I appreciate your concern for the subject and your efforts, so far.

_, thanks for taking the time to listen in on some thoughts/concerns that I have for the female soccer players in this area and throughout the country, as well. Obviously, the direct (or indirect) influence(s) that we may be able to have in regards to creating insight and attention into this epidemic of sorts could have profound effects on a players future objectives within soccer. In turn, this will have an effect in her choice of possible opportunities to study, as well as keeping them away from long term health issues and procedures that may be avoided.

I am close to this matter, only as a coach that has and currently is working with players that have returned to play from knee reconstructions, various soft tissue problems, chronic pains, compartment syndrome, and too many other sports related injuries that _ knows too much about already, as a prominent _ business. It is not just the frequency of injuries that have occurred, but the lack of action taken by clubs and coaches and lack of questions asked by parents and players, that have me a bit confused about the situation.

Why is everyone in the soccer community just considering this part of the game?

_, your daughter is 6 times more likely to tear an ACL than the boy that is playing at her age. As I am taking stock in the number of surgeries that have occurred within the top female teams from U15-U18 at _, it will show up to 1 in every 6 players. WITH THE U16’s HAVING 5 IN THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF! That is a staggering number, and I know that I would want to know how I could keep my daughter away from being one of the 2-3 players PER TEAM that will be having surgery. This is also knowing that 70% of ACL injuries occur in non-contact situations. So, we are not speaking about the “freak” incidences when players collide or a bad tackle happens. These are the avoidable one’s.

I have taken the liberty of going to all area clubs within the Charlotte vicinity and read their mission statements. Every single club, that I have seen, has the player’s “best interest” or “development” as the center piece, but I don’t hear about the ways that they are working to keep each player safe from injury. I apologize if any club (_) is taking measures that I do not know about, however if they are it must be minimal; because I have players at every level at every age group that say otherwise (other than the _ teams going through the _).

I know all that has been written here gives no solution, only a problem that may already be known. I would disagree, but for arguments sake, let’s say that it is being ignored or not being handled. I propose a first step to finding the solution is to give a questionnaire (separate from Performance Unlimited or any profit entity) to each player at the top team at each age group (14-18) that would begin some formal research on what patterns may be causing these injury prevalences.

For instance:

-I know that clubs are creating games for teams to play solely for the sake of the club’s profit, not allowing substantial recovery between competitions.

-There is no such thing as a true off season for soccer players, and the clubs are not helping by creating new leagues and games for profit.

-There are no (to my knowledge) formal physical programs for Pre-hab/injury prevention instilled as mandatory for all players (studies show an 88% reduction in knee related injuries from a neuromuscular program called PEP). Coaches will not institute this, as I know from experience as the Performance Director at Charlotte Soccer Club, because they feel that they do not have enough time already.

-There is no (to my knowledge) formal coaching education on how to instill proper physical conditioning or training to prevent injuries, as mandatory for each director (at least) to go through.

There are patterns to these injuries, and I believe that we may be scared to find out what they are. However, we have to get to the bottom of a solution and keep these girls away from ruining their athletic careers. The research for this injury is monotonous, at the very least, anyone can see what a problem it has been in the past 30 years since Title IX. However, nothing hits home like numbers from your backyard! I am only concerned for Charlotte, and that is why I only care to do a small population review of the female soccer within this city. My issues may come with my ties in a Performance company and my “viewed” ulterior motives being profit driven and looking for a conspiracy theory against some club. I can tell you that neither is in my sights for the end result. I want to see these players succeed, and they can only succeed when they are playing.

Hopefully, you guys can help me

I look forward to your thoughts

Update to 2014…

Nothing has changed, except that clubs are hiring “speed and agility” coaches and letting sports performance companies that know jack about soccer, come in and work with the kids for 1 hour every month. 90% of players never show up and 100% of coaches don’t care. When will we wake up? Probably only when its your child that is on the surgery calendar.

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Carmel Rd. Grand Opening Soccer-Tennis Tournament

Juggle for Money!

Come join us as we kick off the Grand Opening of the first ever soccer-specific training facility in North Carolina. Performance Unlimited, located on Carmel Rd. is organizing a soccer tennis tournament for ages 14 and up, with the chance to win some cold hard cash.

On Saturday, November 12th, from 1:00-4:00, we get it on…Soccer Style.

If you think you can juggle your way against the best in the Charlotte area, grab a friend and create your team to play 2 vs. 2 soccer tennis on the indoor turf field. Register by donating money or an old soccer ball, on the day of the tournament, to First place winners, in a double elimination tournament, will receive 100 dollars cash, and runner’s up receive 50 dollars. Drink and food specials courtesy of local bar, so fun is to be had by all…

The open tournament will be followed by a youth tournament (13 years and under) from 4:00-7:00, with the chance to win Performance Unlimited training gear.

Adults (14 +)Register your team here:


Youth (13 under) Register your team here:

Official Performance Unlimited Soccer Tennis Rules


Performance Unlimited SOCCER-TENNIS is played on 1 of 2 high grade field turf courts indoors. The court is 50′ long x 30′ wide. The playing surface will be marked with brightly-colored lines, which are part of the playing field. Lines follow the same rules and direction as a normal tennis court.


The court is split in two parts by a tennis net. The net is 42 feet in length and 39 inches high (at the posts )with the minimum midpoint height of 3 feet.


Performance Unlimited SOCCER-TENNIS uses a regulation size 5 ball in all matches.


The game is played between two teams with two players on each team. There are no substitutes allowed per team throughout a match. If during a game, a player is injured, the game must continue with the remaining teammate alone on the court, until the injured player can return.


The official uniform of soccer-tennis includes a shirt, shorts, socks, and shoes (flats or cleats)


Performance Unlimited SOCCER-TENNIS tournament matches are played as 1 game to 21 points, the team does not have to win by 2 points. However, in the semi final and final match, a best of three games to 11 points is played, the first team to win two games wins the match. There is a 3 minute maximum break between games before the teams switch sides to begin another game. There is one: 30 second time out allowed per team per game.


The winner at 1 hand of  Rock-Paper-Scissors is allowed to elect whether they will kick-off or choose a side to defend.


The serving team starts the game with a confirmation of the opposing team ready to kick-off. A kick-off is used to begin each game, and also between each point scored. Kick-offs are played from behind the service line of the tennis court (similar position to tennis services). Players cannot step on the line during a kick-off, but if a player elects to jump serve the kick-off he can land inside the court after the service. A player has two attempts to execute a kick-off and must play the ball out of his hands, either per volley or drop kick (ball hitting the ground before being kicked). Balls can land anywhere on the opposing team side.  The player cannot return the kick-off directly. The kick-off must bounce once in the serve court.) Any kick-off that hits the net but lands on the opposing side (let) must be repeated. If the first service does not make it over the net or in bounds, a second service is awarded. If such an event happens twice (double fault), the opposing team receives a point and the service


Both teams can score a point at any time (the defending team can score even if they did not kick off to start play). After each break in play, the serving team should call out the score stating first the kick-off team score, followed by the defending team score.


The receiving team can touch the ball a maximum of three times before returning the ball to the opposing team. Except during the kick-off where the receiving player is allowed to take 2 touches. Between the service recipient�s 2 touches, the Ball cannot bounce to the ground. Both players do not need to touch the ball however. (For example, Player A passes to Player B, who returns the ball to Player A, who then plays the ball over the net.) The ball can be directly returned to the opposing team with only one ball touch, if desired.


Players can use any part of their body to touch the ball, with the exception of the arms or hands. Shoulders are not considered part of the arm.


The only time a ball is allowed to touch the ground outside the playing field, is when a kick-off player elects to bounce the ball before kick-off. Any other ground contacts outside the playing field are “out balls” and the opposing team is awarded a point and the next service. Inside the playing field, a ball can bounce one time before a player touches the Ball. Maximum amount of bounces for adults is one and for kids is two.


Every play can result in a point scored by either one of the teams. Faults at the kick-off

  • 1a. Kick-off is done before referee allows play to begin.
  • 1b. Kick-off is not played from the hands.
  • 1c. More than one ground contact is made before kicking off.
  • 1d. The player steps onto the playing field during or before kick-off.
  • 1e. Player kicks the ball into the net (If the ball hits the net, and goes over to the opposing side, the fault does not result in a point, but the kick-off is repeated.)
  • 1f. The kick-off lands outside the playing field (“out”)

Faults during a play

  • 2a. Player uses more than two touches before getting rid of the ball.
  • 2b. During a play, the ball touches the ground more than one bounce. (Age 114 and Under, the ball touches the ground more than TWO times.)
  • 2c. The ball has more ground contacts than players who touch the ball.
  • 2d. A team plays the ball, and it lands outside the playing field.
  • 2e. A team plays the ball into the net.
  • 2f. A player touches the net.
  • 2g. A player touches the ball with their hand, or arm.
  • 2h. The ball touches the ground before it goes over the net.
In a 1 game match (first to 21 points), teams switch sides when 1 team reaches 11 points.

In a best of 3 games match, after every game, both teams change sides. The kick-off remains with the team who scored prior to last game being called.


If disturbances arise that players have no influence over (such as problems with the net or equipment or a player injury, the player  is allowed to stop play immediately and the kick-off is repeated with no points given.



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