Our knowledge and applications have been shaped by our experiences and environment. And, that doesn’t make us a lesser coach. It makes us different. It makes us adapted.
And this is why I share my journey with others. If you can’t see how vulnerable I am, I will show you. Because once you see it, you know that we are the same.
One of my favorite approaches to auto-regulatory work.
The singular focus on what we need from our athletes can turn the humanity of sports science into something far more transactional. Our athletes are people, and people respond best when they have agency and stake in their own lives and livelihoods.
They say: you don’t know what you don’t know. But, if we at least know this to be true, then we have a real chance to learn and evolve in our thinking.
While Sports Science practices may look different between the professional and amateur ranks, there are, however, underlying principles that allow any coach to think and work like a sports scientist.
Prior to 2017, I had barely any experience working with injured athletes, nor did I ever expect to take on a role where rehab would be an integral responsibility. However, as part of the hire into my role as Performance Coordinator with the Cleveland Indians (maybe officially the Cleveland ‘Guardians’ by the time you are…
Sport science is way more involved than I am about to portray it today, however, that does not mean that non-sport scientists — whether they be strength coaches, trainers, or sport coaches — can’t take some principles from the realm of sport science to apply to their own athletes, teams, and systems.
Since nobody knows your athletes better than you, the key will be to discuss the most important and relevant training principles to the high school athlete, so that you may apply them to those under your care given these unique circumstances.
It has been quite some time since I have posted on my site, and nearly 2 years since I last wrote on the topic of mental health, depression, anxiety. I have waited so long to readdress this topic in long-form because the perfectionist in me has been looking for the right title, focus, and words…