Oprah once said “do not think you can be brave with your life and your work and never disappoint anyone. It doesn't work that way." That changed how I work, play, and approach life forever.
What’s your favourite quote, and why?
At the end of the day, injury prevention is basic. We are in the business of building and managing strong, fast, resilient athletes and supporting them to perform at their highest potential for as long as possible. And, in my experience and coaching philosophy, PREVENTION = STOPPING injuries before they can even form or take place, not just limiting them when the first signs show up.
Networking is really about conversations, not about getting the job.
Constantly seek to experience your strengths in new ways. We are never finished growing or developing.
Don’t shrink down to fit someone else’s expectations.
Find you, be you, and always keep making steps forward.
And help people along their journey where you can, too.
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!
Several months ago, I was asked to contribute to an amazing project by my friends and colleagues at Convos With Coaches called “Dear Her”; they planned to assemble and publish a series of letters from female strength coaches and distribute it to young athletes. A brilliant idea, I thought.
The topics were general; mindset, goal-setting, performance, work ethic, and more. They were all things that we address daily while coaching or consulting with athletes, with the overarching theme being “the journey to Greatness”.