IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (4-13-2020)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”
If you ask any high school coach when their athletes show the most improvement and growth, they will probably answer “in the off season.” I would agree, adding that most athletes gain their biggest improvement during the off season because they have time to work on things they learned during their sports season.
But I would like to take it one step farther. I believe athletes show their greatest improvement when no one is watching. In other words, when there is no off season supervision, what are you doing to separate yourself from the competition you will be facing?
Most off season workouts are supervised in today’s high school and college environments. There’s usually a coach there timing, instructing, or observing. However, it’s what you do with your down time and unsupervised time, working on your own while no one is watching, that separates the average athlete from the really good one.
During this time of social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak, there is no better time to practice on your own, because let’s face it, no one will be watching. Getting into this habit now could pay big dividends in the years ahead!
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