Random Thoughts: December Edition

Another month, another post full of random thoughts that have been going through my head. Hope it sparks a little thought in people and you enjoy!

  1. As strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers, or whatever else we want to call ourselves, I think one of our goals should be the best part or one of the best part of our athletes/clients days. A lot of people have a lot of stuff going on in their lives, and giving them a place where they can escape, have fun, and progress on their health/fitness/performance goals is huge.
  2. A big reason we monitor load with our women’s hockey team at New Hampshire is to see how much we are asking of the athlete on a daily basis in hopes of keeping them healthy over the long season while also pushing performance. We have to remember that at some point an athlete is unable to recover from more and more load, and when we reach that point we are increasing the risk of injury a lot.
  3. Read every single day. Listen to an informative podcast every single day. Do something or some things every single day to keep advancing the knowledge you have in your profession.
  4. The strongest cultures have the highest standards. – Tim Kight (@TimothyKight on Twitter)
  5. I know I may be biased, but I think it is extremely hard to overstate the importance, value, and impact that a great strength and conditioning coach can have on a sport program.
  6. The single most effective habit is the willingness to change your own mind. – Shane Parrish (@ShaneAParrish on Twitter)
  7. I am getting to a point where if I don’t do a single bilateral exercise with the athletes I work with again, I’d be okay with it. Unilateral work has so many benefits that I feel that strongly about performing it…and the bilateral deficit is extremely real.
  8. Hamstring pulls seem to be a real issue in a lot of places for a lot of sports. I really think consistently sprinting, getting strong on the 1-Leg RDL, and pushing heavy sleds (think heavy hip extension) will go a long way in keeping hamstrings healthy.
  9. Life gets easier when you don’t blame other people and focus on what you can control. – James Clear (@JamesClear on Twitter)
  10. Do simple better.

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