My Story


My name is Daniel Pena, the founder of The Art of Football, and I thank you for taking the time to learn more about myself and this website. 

I started this blog in early 2023, soon after graduating from San Jose State University with a degree in Kinesiology: Rehab Science in December 2022. My main goal with this blog is to help other footballers improve on and off the field by giving you many valuable resources and tools that have completely changed the way I view elite performance, training, health, and life in general. 

Nowadays, players are exposed to so much information about training and lifestyle that it may be hard for some to know what works and what does not work. As a player who is constantly looking for new ways to improve I want to share with other fellow footballers life changing information, primarily through the enhance performance section of my blog to help you transform your game in ways you may not have thought of or tried before. 

My Memories of Playing Soccer

My earliest memories of playing sports are from ages 4-7 in which I did swimming and played recreational soccer. I continued to play recreational soccer from ages 6-10 and throughout this period I also tried other recreational sports like basketball and baseball but I did not like those sports anywhere near as much as I liked soccer. 

When I got to middle school, at about age 11, I began playing competitive club soccer all the way up until the end of high school, in which I played 4 years of varsity soccer. After graduating from high school, I wanted to keep playing the game and I got the chance to play for UPSL and University Club Soccer teams, but I also got cut by teams along the way, which are the setbacks that taught me the most. 

Thankfully, throughout my playing career I’ve never received any horrible injuries, which are setbacks that a lot of players have to deal with, and the only injuries I’ve dealt with are ankle sprains, about 2-3 times on both ankles, and big toe pain. All of these injuries left me out for a couple of weeks up to a month and one of the reasons I wanted to go to college was to learn more about kinesiology, the human body, and injury prevention and rehab. 

My College Experience

When you go to college, you go in thinking you are going to get the best and most up-to-date information, but honestly, that is not the case. Don’t get me wrong, I did learn a lot of fundamental concepts in school but throughout those years I also stumbled upon many interesting people who were talking about things that were the complete opposite of what I was learning in school and this led to a lot of deep research. 

To this day, I am still learning from many of these resources and these are the many inspirations that have shaped the way we train here at The Art of Football. 

After learning about the work from all of the resources above and applying their teachings to my own training and lifestyle, I have seen more progress in my own training than ever before and I can truly distinguish what works and what does not work in terms of health and training. 

Something very important that I have learned from Dr. Jack Kruse is that half truths lead to complete lies, and after finishing college, I realized that I was taught many half truths that do not really make sense once you truly understand how the body works at a fundamental level. 

This does not mean that everything I was taught in school was a lie and useless, but what I am trying to say is that there is a lot of fundamental information about health and performance that is completely ignored in the education system, even at the highest levels, and is not taught either because the schools themselves are not aware of these topics or they choose not to teach them.

I am not sure which is worse, but the fact that many of the topics I talk about on this website were never mentioned at my university, even though they are 100% true, should be a cause for concern about what things schools are teaching in the first place. Many of the concepts that I was not taught in school but that I learned about through other healthcare professionals make perfect sense, especially once you apply them to your own life and experience them. 

Why I created The Art of Football

After I graduated high school, I thought I wanted to go to college to learn about Kinesiology and  eventually join PT school to help injured players rehab and get back to playing their favorite sport as soon as possible. However, as my education progressed, as I tried out internships related to this field, and more importantly as I was experimenting with alternative training systems and decentralized medicine, like the ones mentioned above, I realized that the centralized systems, that I had put my faith, money, education and trust in, sell half truths about health and injury prevention, just as Dr. Jack Kruse says, and these half truths lead to full lies. 

As a result I created The Art of Football (TAOF) and my main goal now is to teach players about real biomechanics, quantum health, and injury prevention so that players do not get injured in the first place and have to go visit a PT. Being on the field, playing, is the most important thing as a soccer player and you cannot play the game, enjoy it, and improve at it, if you are injured. 

Before, I wanted to help players once they got injured rehabilitate back to normal, however now my passion at TAOF  has turned to helping players limit and prevent injuries in the first place, as well as helping them unlock their athleticism and their hidden soccer talents.