Last week I released a publication on EliteFTS.com, Back to Recovery Basics: Foundations of Recovery. Since the release, I have received a lot of responses from the article, a few of which I would like to address quickly. The first response was from a Division I strength coach, who affirmed with me the importance of recovery in his job as a strength coach and the difficulties of how to implement those strategies into a program as well hammer home the value of recovery to these players. The second is a group of current Memphis athletes who follow some of my content through their athletic trainers reposting or sharing it. These athletes’ feedback was that they enjoyed the read and learned from it and wanted to hear more.
So what is the takeaway from this? First, my goal in this series is to get realistic, understandable, and useable information out to those who can benefit from it the most: the athletes. I wanted this article series to cover information that a typical high school, college athlete or beginner strength athlete could relate to and implement on their own or with help from available staff and facilities. It is very important that these athlete’s benefit the most from this series as the earlier these recovery habits are implemented, the more resistant to injury the athlete is and their career will be longer because of it.
The second point is that we need to have an all inclusive approach to teaching proper habits to athletes to allow them to perform at their best and remain injury free. Including me, there were three different professionals that were just listed that have access to these athletes and a role in the implementation of recovery. The athletic training staff, strength staff, and medical staff all have a direct impact on the athlete and can all have a role in helping teach and develop the athlete. As multiple coaches in my athletic career have said eluded to, “If by the time you are done here all I have done is taught you how to play “insert any sport,” then I have failed as a coach. It is our responsibility to do more than just teach a game, a lift, or look at a body part when it is hurt. We all have a responsibility in the athletic and performance industry to provide the resources possible for the growth of the athlete.
I want to add coaches and parents into this equation as well, specifically for the younger athletes, as these are the most moldable athletes and the ones who are most dependent on our guidance. So if you are involved with an athlete as a coach, trainer, medical professional, or parent, please read and teach the information in this series to your athlete(s). If you have any questions, please also reach out and I would be happy to help.