Yet another 90% reference - Rehab is 90% mental according to Indiana Pacer Paul George. “Ninety percent of the whole rehab is mental,” George told USA TODAY Sports. “You’re doing the same stuff, day after day, that gets tiring. It’s tedious work rehabbing. That was really the whole battle was how do I keep motivation.” If anyone would know, it’s Paul, who suffered a compound tib-fib fracture two years ago in Team USA’s scrimmage at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Heat training - Is training in the heat even more beneficial that training at altitude? Read more here.
Time off - In an era of hyper-specialization and eight-year-olds playing travel ball, it's time for some sanity. Surgeon James Andrews of the Andrews Institute is THE go-to physician when professional athletes need to repair elbows, shoulders, or knees. In this interview, he describes the ideal amount of time off from a single sport youth athletes should take each year. I’ll give you a hint - it’s measured in months, not weeks. It's time to put the health of our youth ahead of parental aspirations or club coaches' salaries.
A letter to recruits - Becky Carlson, the Women’s Rugby Coach at Quinnipiac University, wrote the following open letter to the type of athlete who, although very talented, she no longer recruits. Although she coaches rugby, Coach Carlson’s letter is enlightening for athletes of all sports (and their parents and coaches). Definitely worth a share with your athletes.