We’ve all been there: months of dreaming, hours of training, and an absurd amount of meticulous planning for the day when you meet that coveted qualifying standard. And then you don’t.
It has been just over five years since my life changed forever and I have spent so much time trying make sense of what I was supposed to learn from my back injury that ended my collegiate athletic career.
Tidy up where you can. Make a little mental space for good thoughts and great swims.
Championship Meets are the most important meets of any season, and getting yourself into the right frame of mind going into them is absolutely crucial to performing your best.
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Former University of Michigan swimmer G Ryan addressed their personal struggles with depression and anxiety in a new video from Michigan’s Athletes Connected mental health program.
In this video, I want to share with you 3 mental tips and pieces of advice for those of you who plan on swimming in college in the future that will allow you to go into your first year as a college swimmer with the right mindset and mentality so that you can succeed there and be your best.
23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps has been honored with the Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion for his role in mental health advocacy.
You do not have to be an expert psychologist to realize that we are more likely to repeat a pleasant experience than an unpleasant one. Unfortunately for some, a swimming experience has been upsetting, while for others, there can be some form of reluctance towards a journey into the unknown, subsequently leading to a fear of drowning irrespective of any previous experience.
To help my swimmers create a strong, positive, efficient, high-performance mindset, I have them utilize what I like to call The Five Performance Priorities.
Remember, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” You can do it. Never give up.
Its fine to strive for perfection in swimming, but only as long as it’s done with the understanding that you can never get there. All you can ever ask of yourself is to give it your best shot, leave it all in the pool, and try to be the best version of yourself that you can be on that day.
Speaking about mental health is not easy. Most coaches are not trained in the field of psychology, which leaves them feeling uncomfortable talking about the subject…
It’s okay the decision you made did not work out as you planned and a new one is upon you. This is your journey, and your athletic career.
Hazing still occurs all over the country even with efforts such as anti-hazing contracts, education, warnings, and consequences. So, what are we missing?
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