Resilience | Energy | Movement
Mindset Principle: Resilience
By: Rachel Poppe
Sometimes you just can’t catch a break.
Your car breaks down. Do you not go to work or school because you can’t drive your car? You find a way to get it fixed, and in the meantime you find other ways to get where you need to go. You burn dinner in the oven. Do you not eat that night because you can’t eat the burnt food? You make something else, or order takeout. You find yourself on the bench during games. Do you quit because you aren’t getting playing time? You spend more hours in the weight room and on the field on your own to get better to prove you deserve that playing time.
Resilience: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. To be resilient means to not let hardship slow you down or hinder your journey. Whether it’s in life or in sports, the resilient are the ones who don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.
“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