But when we truly want to build a play for Long-Term Athletic Development in soccer, what we need is to develop strong, fast, mentally free, technically and tactically sharp, and resilient athletes who can play until their mid-30’s.
Yes, the world is complicated.
Yes, science is very complex.
Yes, technology has many intricacies.
Ultimately, they were created to make our life, jobs, and information in general easier to upkeep, easier to access, and …. easier.
But, if we can’t communicate complex information effectively, it really doesn’t matter.
We have to stop making complicated sh*t more inaccessible. If a 15-year-old athlete really wants to learn about physics, they can read a text book. Just teach them how to jump!
How many times have you, as an athlete, been in a game scenario and been just one step behind an opponent who outran you, or just one second too late for a chance, a shot, a pass?
If you’re like the athletes I work with every day, you’re first reaction was probably “sh*t!” and your second one was “I need to be faster next time”.
Cool. Now that we’ve got that covered…
Everybody needs more speed!
Recovery as not as hard as you make it out to be.
It’s also not as expensive.
It’s also not as time-consuming.
It also don’t require as much thought, equipment, or focus as we see on social media.
The basics always work.
When in doubt, work backward instead of looking for more.
Consider what is missing from your recovery instead of what you can add to it.
Unfortunately, mental illness does not discriminate between athletes and non-athletes; it comes as it wills and sometimes overstays its welcome. Athletes deserve better than the shame we put on them around mental health struggles. They deserve the same care and acceptance we do. I truly believe sports can heal the world, but we have to make sure our athletes are healthy before it can really altruistically change us.