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Will's Thoughts: Mental Health and Basketball
After having some good time off in NYC it really allowed me to collect my thoughts and allowed me to step back and see the big picture.
Having trained so many players from youth to professional level, one of the topics that I feel like is not talked about enough in our profession is the topic of mental health. Our field of sport is a masculine one, athletes feel that if they come across as vulnerable, they will be eatten alive. However, as humans we all go through our ups and downs.
I share 3 rituals I believe we can stay mentally healthy.
Slappin Glass: Pat Carney and Dan Krikorian
Slappin Glass has been one of my Go-To websites for the longest time. So to have one founders on was so exciting for me. Pat and Dan are a wealth of knowledge and just flat out lovers of the game!
The topics we covered today included:
1.) How they got started with the platform
2.) Trends of modern day offence and defence
3.) Start, Sub and Sit different topics
4.) Business advice for basketball coaches and trainers.
I loved having these guys on the podcast they were a good mix of knowledge and humour and I look forward to continuing to be a student of there's into the distant future!
Rob Gray "Skill Acquisition and Motor Learning Expert"
Rob Gray is a skill acquisition and motor learning specialist who is an Associate Professor at Arizona State University. He is also the Host of the Perception & Action Podcast as well Skill Acquisition Specialist at Boston Red Sox.
Rob is the author of 2 very important books “How we Learn to move” and most recently “Learning to Optimise Movement” These are 2 books that I highly recommend every sports coach read in order to better understand how to train athletes.
Rob and I go into depth about utilising constraints Led Approach as well as differential learning in basketball in order to get the best results in skill development sessions, as well as through small sided games.
Max Schmarzo: "The Future of Basketball Strength and Conditioning"
Max Schmarzo is the founder of the very popular athletic performance brand Strong By Science and provides very sound, scientifically backed program and methods for sports performance.
Max is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to training basketball players technically as well as physically.
Today Max and I chat about:
1.) His perspective of interning at the college level
2.) Working with professional athletes
3.) The line between technical skill development and physical performance
Max is energy and his curiosity for the field is contagious and I look forward to staying in touch with him in the future to continue to learn and grow together, lets get into the episode.
Will's Weekly Thoughts: Framing- The Lens We Choose to Take
Have you ever had a misunderstanding with a teammate and get angry from something that they did, but when you asked them to explain why they did what they did they had a very moral and valid reason? All of a sudden you weren't so mad. That is being able to see something in a different frame.
The journey to greatness is rarely achieved in days, months or even single-digit years. Patience is key here. There are times that we're going to want to give up, but how we look at certain situations will dictate our mood, our emotions and our perspective of if journey is even worth it. Listen to the story that I tell about "The impatient player" and it will give you a whole different perspective on how to look at things.
Megan Griffith: "Turning Around An Elite Program"
Megan Griffith is the Head Coach for Columbia University women’s basketball. She took over at the young age of 30 in 2016. 2017 the team went 8-21. Fastforward 7 years 2023 Columbia went 28-6 an unreal turnaround. During the 22-23 season they went all the way to the WNIT championships! Her accomplishments are truly remarkable!
Today Meg and I talk about:
1.) Taking over a program like Columbia and what it takes to turn a team around.
2.) The concept of warming up your voice during and before practice.
3.) What the acronym Edge means to their team.
4.) The importance of basketball players and coaches learning how to manage their personal finances for a comfortable life in the future.
Meg is also an Asia American that I feel greatly represents our culture and is a shining example of what Asian women can be with dedication and hard work!