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The Importance of Playing on a High School Team

It may be more common in certain sports, but there are many athletes who choose not to play on their high school team in order to find a "better" route to their goals. I advise against this. I believe it's very important to play on your high school team. Before I explain why, let's go over the reasons why an athlete may decide not to play on their high school team.

It is common in tennis and golf, where kids decide to train with their personal coach or at an academy, and play in national tournaments instead of playing for their high school. They do this mainly because they believe their high school teammates, coaches, and competition aren't good enough for them. They think it wastes their time. They think it's more efficient for them to train and compete outside of high school.
Basketball players often think the same way and decide to focus more on their AAU team than their high school team. Likewise, some football players care more about camps and 7 on 7 leagu…

An Interview with Noah Rubin: Life as a Professional Athlete

Noah Rubin is a professional tennis player who is currently ranked 175th in the world. Noah runs an Instagram account called Behind The Racquet, where he gives other professional tennis players a platform to tell their stories. If anyone knows what it’s like to live as a professional athlete, it’s Noah. I had the great opportunity to talk with him, and here is our conversation.

Hi Noah, what would you consider to be the biggest struggles professional athletes face?

NR: This might be a little bit more unique to tennis, but I still think it's true for other sports. It's the loneliness. For the most part, whether it's for training or competition, you're away from your family, friends, wife, husband, girlfriend, or boyfriend for an extended period of time. This takes a toll on athletes. Yes, the financial burdens are still a pain for lower ranked players, but it's the mental ones, the loneliness, that cause athletes to wonder, "I don't know how much longer I can…

Four Ways to End Procrastination

Here are four ways to end procrastination:

1. Change environment:  procrastination often happens when you're in an environment not suited well for hard work. If your environment is filled with temptations, then it'll be hard to resist them. This will suck away your willpower and distract you from working. For example, it can be hard to focus on reading while in bed, because the comfort of your bed can make you sleepy and tempt you into taking a nap. Likewise, it's hard to study if your roommates are playing video games and are being loud. In this environment, you may rationalize laziness with excuses. You may say, "I can't study now because it's too loud, so i'll just wait til later." 
So If you want to end procrastination, it helps to place yourself in a better environment. To do this, you can set up a quiet study area with a good chair, desk, and good lighting. Or you can simply go to the library to study. Whether it is for school, work, or sports, tr…

Competing and Entertaining

If you think about it, professional sports are a form of entertainment. Professional leagues only exist because fans pay to be entertained. This makes athletes entertainers. But this isn't the only ways to look at sports. Sports are also competitions, where players compete against each other to win rewards and to have fun. Some people only care about the competition aspect of sports, and have no concern about entertaining fans. Whereas other people care more about the entertainment aspect and care less about winning the competition. This is an important topic, because your attitude on competition and entertainment and how you value them greatly affect your performance, motivation, and mental health.

Here are reasons why you should play to entertain:
It can selfish just to play for yourself and your own personal success (winning trophies/money). If this is all that you care about, you will use the most efficient playing style in order to win. This however, can be boring and not fun t…

Book Review: Performing Under Pressure by Hendrie Weisinger and J.P. Pawliw-Fry

Performing Under Pressure by Hendrie Weisinger and J.P. Pawliw-Fry is such a practical book because everyone, no matter their career, feels pressure and desires to handle it better so they can perform better and reach their goals. 

There are 3 parts to the book. First, it explains what pressure is and how it affects you. This knowledge is very useful. A better understanding of pressure gives you a better attitude about it and helps you find ways to handle it. The basic premise of the book is that pressure, unlike the myths we’ve been told, doesn’t help you “rise to the occasion.” Pressure, which is the stress of having something on the line depend on your performance, has many negative side effects that hurt your performance. Pressure causes you to choke by interfering with your working memory and your muscle memory. People often mistake pressure with motivation. Motivation is great. It drives us to give effort, but the pressure that often accompanies motivation is what hurts us. 

In th…

How to Recover From an Injury

Injuries are a part of sports. Even if you're as careful and diligent as possible, you can still get injured. Whether the injury keeps you off the court for a week, a month, 6 months, or a year, all athletes get frustrated when they get injured. You need to know how to recover from an injury successfully. To do this, you need to have a good attitude, do rehab correctly, and know what to do in your extra free time.

The first thing you need to do is keep a good attitude. Don't ruminate on the past. Know that you can't go back in the past and undo your injury. Focus only on what you can control, which is recovering as fast as possible. 

Most importantly, know that you can recover, regain your previous level of performance (and even get better) and reach your ultimate career goals. Know that thousands of athletes have overcome injuries, and so can you! Never think an injury dooms your athletic career.

Don't worry too much about getting passed by your competition. It helps to …