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.
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.