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!
If you are considering hitting on your female coach, please consider the following: we are likely just doing our jobs. Don’t distract, annoy, or demean us. Keep it professional. We will too! Make sure there is clear, explicit interest and consent! Don’t assume she is interested. Nobody likes a creep! Speak up for women and make room for us where you can. Nobody owes you anything!
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!
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: