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Good Mistakes and Bad Mistakes

Different Types of Mistakes
learning from mistakes
learning from mistakes

In sports you will sometimes hear a coach tell his or her players not to be afraid to make a mistake. You may also hear the same coach tell his or her players to stop making so many mistakes. Perhaps the coach seems hypocritical for saying one thing on one occasion, and the opposite thing on another occasion. It may also be that the coach is referring to different types of mistakes when he or she tells the team not to be afraid to make a mistake, and then ends up telling the team to quit making so many mistakes. Continue reading Good Mistakes and Bad Mistakes

Think on These Things

Mental Rehearsal
The Thinker
The Thinker

I started pole vaulting for our Middle School track and field team in 7th grade. By the time I was in 8th grade, I began to think through the details of what a good vault looks like. When I finally understood how important the run up and a picture perfect takeoff was, I began to rehearse it in my mind. During one weekend this picture seemed to crystalize for me and I came to a point where I could think about it and feel what it should feel like to have a good approach and a perfect takeoff. All weekend long this kept going through my mind over and over again. When I got to practice at the start of the next week, I already knew how I should run, and what it should feel like, and I just did what I had rehearsed in my mind over and over again. Continue reading Think on These Things

Who Would Have Ever Thought?

World Class Athletes

woman runner running jumping  silhouetteGlenn Cunningham, Wilma Rudolf, O.J. Simpson. What do they have in common? For one thing they were all elite competitive runners. Glenn Cunningham broke the world record in the mile in 1934 running a time of 4:06.8, and set another world record in the indoor mile in 1938 by running a time of 4:04.4. Wilma Rudolf won three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics consisting of a gold in the 100 meter, a gold in the 200 meter, and a gold with the 4 x 100 relay team. O.J. Simpson was on a world record 4 x 100 meter relay team, won the Heisman trophy for college football in 1967, was the first pro football player to run for over 2,000 yards in one season, and set a single game rushing record of 273 yards in one game. Continue reading Who Would Have Ever Thought?


Benefits of Flexibility

I have always admired athletes who possess the flexibility to help them do sports such as gymnastics, diving, figure skating, and hurdling. The reason for my admiration is because I lack flexibility myself and must work really hard anytime I want to improve my flexibility.  I am flexible enough to function in daily activities and most sports, but my body would be traumatized if I had to attain some of the positions that gymnasts or dancers must attain. I know this to be true as I was once forced into a full straddle splits position when being tackled in during a football game. It was not a happy experience for me. Having more flexibility would have helped me avoid pain on this occasion. Continue reading Flexibility

Don’t Quit

A Difficult Start
Don't Quit
Don’t Quit

He started out with a record of 1 win and 13 losses in 1969 which was his first year as a coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. His next two seasons were also losing seasons as head coach over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chuck Noll was perhaps the winningest coach in the NFL during the decade of the 1970’s as his team won four Super Bowls including 1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979. Of course this is a fabulous accomplishment, but remember it started out with great difficulty and loss after loss after loss. What if he had quit, or the owners of the Steelers had quit on him? One of the greatest coaches in NFL history would have never had the dominating impact on football that he had. Continue reading Don’t Quit


The Wonder of Balance

Vintage scale in balance and equilibriumWhen I was 4 years old, I wasn’t too crazy about playing with girls, but one of my neighbors was a girl, and for a while I loved going to her house because she had a bicycle and I didn’t. I was absolutely fascinated with the idea of getting on something that couldn’t stand up by itself, but somehow when a person would get on it to provide the right balance, the bicycle could be ridden without falling over. Anytime I could find a way to persuade my neighbor girl to let me hop on her bike and go for a ride, it was the highlight of my day. Fortunately, it wasn’t too long before my parents bought a bike for me so I could ride it anytime I wanted. The only thing I hated about the new bike is that it came with training wheels. To me training wheels were for babies and little kids, so I demanded, or shall I say, I urgently pleaded with my dad to take them off as soon as possible if not sooner. I wanted to ride a real bike and I wanted people to know that my sense of balance was good enough to ride without training wheels. Continue reading Balance

You Are Unique

Great but Different

 Red house standing out in row of blue housesIn the early 1980’s there were two runners from Great Britain named, Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett, who kept on breaking each other’s world records in the mile and half mile. Their times would still be great today. Since they competed during the same era in time, and the same country, it seems they must have had a secret that they shared in regard to their success. However, they trained in a very different manner. Sebastian Coe liked training with variety and doing shorter workouts that consisted of running five to twelve miles per day. Steve Ovett preferred much more mileage and would run in the area of eighteen miles per day. Continue reading You Are Unique