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The Importance of Resting

Last week, I wrote about the importance of consistent, daily training. So how do you balance this with rest, which is also very important? That's what I'm going to talk about today.

I believe rest is not given as much emphasis as it should be given. So many athletes are highly dedicated and want to train everyday, but by doing this, they don't give their bodies or minds enough time to rest and recover. Over-training has many bad consequences.

Most notably, over-training increases the chances of injuries. It also adds more "miles" to your body, which can shorten your career. Many athletes think their extreme work ethic is helping them reach their goals, but in fact, their over-training is hurting them by causing injuries and shortening their career.

Furthermore, by over-training and failing to give yourself rest days, your muscles will be constantly sore and fatigued. A sore body is not at full strength. When you're very sore, you won't be able to reach peak …

The Importance of Daily Training

Daily training is important for obvious reasons. It takes thousands of hours of training to reach large goals. Not only this, but for most athletes there is a deadline to reach their goals. An athlete needs to be good enough by their late teens or early twenties to make it as a collegiate or pro athlete. Therefore they don’t have much time to waste. If they take too many days off, they won’t reach their goals. Daily training is needed to accumulate enough hours of training and to keep up with the competition. I’m not saying an athlete needs to train literally everyday, but out of 365 days in a year, you should be training for roughly 300 days at least. 

Another reason why you should train almost everyday is because skills erode over time without practice. Skills are similar to physical strength when it comes to taking time off from training. When you stop working out for an extended period of time, you begin to lose your strength. The same thing happens with motor skills such as throwi…

Be Proud But Not Satisfied

Some of the best advice that I can give about dealing with success and maintaining motivation is to "be proud but not satisfied."

Athletes face a dilemma when reaching success. Do they become satisfied and enjoy their success? Or do they skip the celebration and get back to work chasing new goals? It can seem like you have to choose between happiness in the present moment and continued long term success. Do you want to be happy now, but risk failure in the future? Or do you try to maintain success without ever getting the chance to enjoy it?

Fortunately, it is not an either-or choice. There is a way to choose both of these options! It just takes a certain attitude. This attitude is summed up with the phrase "be proud but not satisfied."

It's OK to be proud of your accomplishments. Being able to celebrate and feel good about yourself (and your team) is one of the main reasons why athletes train hard. All the hard work isn't worth as much if you are unable to en…

My Top 9 Favorite Topics of Sport Psychology

Here are my top 9 favorite topics to write about. Together, they summarize the overall picture of sport psychology and athletic development. If you learn the basics of each of these topics, you'll build a solid foundation as an athlete or coach. 

Beneath each topic, I will include an excerpt from my past writing and links. I've written in more detail about all of these topics, so if you want to learn more, keep reading my blog. I have most of these topics organized in the link "categories" on my homepage.

Sport psychology in general
I like to write about sport psychology as a field in general because I think many people don't have a good understanding of what it is. There are many myths about it. Many people can't even think of its definition. So here is the definition that I like the most:

Sport psychology is the study of the mind and behavior of athletes. The knowledge gained from sport psychologists can be applied to help improve athletic performance and menta…

Book Review: The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey

From now on, I will be writing book reviews once per month. I will give reviews about sport psychology books, coaching books, fitness books, sports biographies, psychology books, self-help books, and occasionally fiction books and other non-sports related books. I will give quick summaries, lessons, and evaluations of these books. 

The first book that I’ll review is perhaps my favorite sports book: The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey. This is the book that first got me interested in sport psychology. It is a book that was written way ahead of its time. Written in 1974, it is still considered a classic and can still be tremendously helpful for today’s athletes and coaches of all sports. It is even applicable to life outside of sports.

The genius of The Inner Game of Tennis starts with Gallwey’s dichotomy of the inner game and the outer game, as well as the dichotomy of “self 1” and “self 2”. Timothy defines the outer game as the external obstacles and objective goals of a game. F…