Happy Monday! Here are a few thoughts bouncing around in my head after a week of reading, podcasts and other continuing ed. Enjoy!
- For sustainable success, athlete health is without a doubt the number one factor, whether we are talking about individual performance or team performance. Not sure how anyone can argue this, but they do. Keep athletes healthy so they can do what they do, and that’s play their sport. No team became better because they were missing players, just like no players became better by watching from the stands injured.
- People, most people, tend to be very complacent. They want to fit in. They don’t dare challenge the status quo. They don’t push themselves on a daily basis to get better and better. Coaches need to be different. Coaches can never stop growing. Coaches can never stop learning, never stop challenging the status quo and pushing to be better and better. Coaches are leaders, and that’s what being a leader is all about.
- Environment and culture is everything. An average strength and conditioning program implemented in an environment where people are always pushing to get better and grow will develop athletes that are better both emotionally and physically then a great strength program in a subpar environment. A great strength program combined with a great culture and environment is a game changer. Culture/environment > everything else.