Every coach should put some thought into the "recovery" aspect of their team. By that I mean such things as nutrition, stretching, massage, sleep patterns, vitamins, hydration, supplemental drinks, charting player weight, and pool work. The key here is that you have a recovery program as it lets your team know that you care about their bodies, educates them to the long term benefits of a healthy lifestyle, and could give you a competitive advantage over your opponents.
- Prevention of fatigue related injuries.
- Added flexibility, which improves quickness and strength.
- Medical appointments
- Medical records on each player
- Organization of our recovery and rehabilitation program (e.g. vitamins, massage treatment, stretching, and
intake of fluids).
* Here is a great article on the power of our minds. I hope this helps.
Free to Choose – Free to Change - The Power of Mind-Set
By: William Hughes
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we can be who we want, we can change, we can make a difference.” Buddhist Teaching.
Mind-Set - What we believe, what we think is omnipotent All powerful. This is Mind Set - the positive and focused state of mind that warrants us the will to go forward and act upon with relentless determination and purpose. Mind-Set is the attitude which provides us the edge necessary to finish what we start. To finish with the results sought and selected, not settled. Mind-Set can be the separator that ignites our natural skills and training and allows them to blend together and flourish. A strong Mind-Set starts with believing. – in yourself, in possibilities. It can become you. It can become the truth. Believing gives hope, hope provides a will, and where there is a will, there is a way. Believing breeds energy – energy breeds effort - effort breeds results. Mind-Set can supersede talent, brains and brawn. The founding belief in ourselves is the foundation behind a strong Mind-Set. For where the mind lies, there lies the treasure.
Believing in Yourself – Cut yourself a break. What we think about ourselves can become the truth. We create our experiences by our thoughts and feelings. What we give out, we get back. Work with and accept “the whole” of you - the good, the bad and the ugly. Build off the positive energy from successes and learn adjustments from the misfires. Avoid being held captive by broken memories, refuse to allow them to remind you of what is not. Avoid repeating regrets, let life’s lessons be the guide for today. Stay in the present, in the moment so to speak, for this is where successful endeavors begin. Let go of any negative energy. Remember, we are human, thus imperfect by nature so inevitably will run into rough spots. Avoidance is unlikely so we work to minimize the frequency and shorten the durations of these. Remember, our past failures are not fatal and realizing this allows us to move boldly into the future with both conviction and purpose being humbled by the fact that life could be worse yet driven and motivated by the notion that it can still be better. With every passing moment there becomes another chance to do it better. Believe in you, give yourself some credit and recognize your efforts along the way and not just results. All told ; Be who you are, give all of yourself, hold true to your word and finish what you start.
Free to Choose – Free to Change – Choose what you want and move in the direction that grabs you. You are Free to Choose so you are most definitely Free to Change. A strong Mind-Set provides us with the strength and courage to adjust and change what is not working, no matter how positive we are. Changes are necessary for completion. Choose what you want and change the thought processes to allow the necessary actions to get you there. A strong Mind-Set exudes positive and constructive thoughts because whatever your subconscious hears, it remembers. The words you choose to describe and act upon in your daily life reflect the thought processes that govern each waking moment. Negative and underlying concepts can weaken the Mind-Set and sabotage all of your best intentions. The answers lie in the words and pictures. Visualize and verbalize consciously and you can change the structure of whatever negativity your subconscious may have stored up. Visualization or mindfulness is one of the most powerful tools we have to help instigate & create change. We need to train our mindfulness as we train our bodies. Train this into a “fine centered / one directional focus.” The external focus, the one we see as the “end game,” is a beneficial focal point for production. Being mindful of the situation, the surroundings and the desired result is what allows adjustments to come to fruition. Quieting and centering the mind is at the core of mindfulness and visualization and can be done how the individual see fit. Meditation and/or Reflective Time are ways to center oneself which presents one the opportunity to re-group, re-charge and re-set, all with the desire to re-play, which presents the chance for more, for better, or for what just fits better, plain and simple.
The mind can compensate where the body cannot. In the end, the thoughts and beliefs that win out are the ones you feed the most.