TW: mental health/suicide
“Priming” is an umbrella term for “raising hormone levels, activating the central nervous system, warming up the muscular system, and generally waking up the body within 24 hours of performance” (in its most simple definition).
Development is actually not at all about the seminars, the schooling, the amount of alphabet soup on the back of your name when you send an email. It’s not about the number of years you’ve coached, at which level, and which CEUs you last took. It’s how we communicate with athletes, work to earn their trust, adapt to their needs, and care about them.
Higher MSS and bigger ASRs save energy and buy tempo. Conditioning is vital, but the team who can run moderately fast for 90’ will get absolutely annihilated by a team who can keep a submaximal sprint for 90’. Every time. It’s speed science!
If we can look at failure as “that old thing didn’t work, so now it’s died off. Let’s invent something new”, I think we would have an easier time dealing with it and letting it go again.