Resilience | Energy | Movement
Mindset Principle: Resilience
Resilience – “I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs, but by how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”
– Gen. George Patton
In sports, just as in life, failures are inevitable. Setbacks will happen and trials will come our way. At times, it might even seem that nothing is going our way. Let us fill you in on a secret: that’s okay. This month, we’re focusing on what to do after these setbacks come our way — how to prepare ourselves to have the resilience to respond to the negative things in our careers.
The word resilience comes from the Latin word resilire meaning “to spring back”. What an important trait for an athlete to have! How many times does the ability to bounce back from a disappointment play a role in just a single game, let alone a season or career? A missed shot, a dropped ball, a defensive error, or a mental mistake. Small things like this can get in a player’s mind and snowball into a much bigger problem throughout the course of a game or season. That’s why it’s so important to be able to bounce back and focus on the future and not the past.
Remember, it’s not a matter of whether or not these things will happen, it’s a matter of when they will! Make sure you’re prepared to take the blows and and come back stronger than ever.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”
– Winston Churchill
Nutrition Principle: Energy
Eating the right combination of foods can help maximize your energy throughout your day and during training. One key is eating often and eating light. Eating smaller meals every 3-4 hours can help fuel your metabolism while maintaining muscle mass and help to avoid overeating. Keeping the meals balanced with a complex carb, lean protein and vitamin-rich vegetables and fruits can encourage sustained energy through caloric intake.
Energy is an essential part of athletic performance for practice, training, and in-game performance.
Physical Principle: Movement
Of all our physical principles, movement is the most important building block we have. While the concept is simple, the implementation is, unfortunately, often overlooked in many athletic development programs.
We approach movement as a core foundation of everything we do. Before an athlete can excel on the field/court, they must first be able to move efficiently. Because of this, we take all our athletes through an in-depth bio-mechanical assessment in which we look at an athlete’s:
- Joint Mobility/Stability
- Body’s Balance
- Functional Movement
- Motor Control
From there, we’re able to create a personalized workout program that re-educates our athletes’ bodies and movement patterns. Only after an athlete is able to move properly and effectively are they able to see improvements in the weight room that will translate to their in-game performance. Sometimes this means taking a perceived “step backward”, but it’s actually a step in the right direction.
“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” – C.S. Lewis