Remember as a child, (maybe this still happens to you as an adult?!) when your parents or other authority figures would say ‘being here is a privilege, not a right!’ if you misbehaved?
Well I find myself thinking that often when working with athletes, especially those that feel they are high performance or elite.
You see, I can tolerate certain lapses in judgement from a developing athlete if they just don’t know any better. The high performance ones though, that’s where it gets dicey.
What I am talking about is the buy-in to all the little habits that make us robust and consistent athletes. As a sport science team, we take the time to explain the importance of each concept. I believe an athlete/patient who understands the WHY is more likely to buy-in to the WHAT/HOW…
Nothing becomes more frustrating then when the athlete/patient doesn’t take the same level of care into their own performance. So now I am going to say it…”Training for Performance is a Privilege, not a Right!”
Running faster, jumping higher, being stronger and more explosive, these things are all sexy. Athletes love to think about how dominant they can be. None of this is important without your health. An injured athlete will never jump as high, run as fast, or enjoy the sport they participate in.
So athletes and patients, think about the training/rehabilitation space just like your driver’s license. Everyone has to get their G1 first. Once you embrace and excel at the basics of physical literacy and show us that you care about controlling your body in space, then we can give you your G2 and you can start chasing that performance (there is no speed limit on performance, but with your G2 […]