The ability to determine whether or not athletes have improved their performance (and which aspects need improvement) and are healthy should never be regulated by the “we have no money” line. Here’s how to Test & Retest on a budget, on schedule, and as sport-specific and realistic as possible!
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.
I am immensely grateful for what 2017-2018 has taught me and for the lessons I learned while having to tear literally everything in my life down.
But, in all honesty, I am so ready for it to be over and to continue building White Lion, my passions, my values, and my purpose into 2019.
As I look back, some of the past year is really funny, and some of it still can’t be laughed at.
In a mix of both, here are some of the lessons I’ve learned in 2018: