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Old words still relevant.
As The Stoic philosopher Epictetus mused some 19 centuries ago:
“So you want to conquer in the Olympic Games, my friend. But first mark the conditions and the consequences, and then set to work.
You will have to put yourself under discipline: to eat by rule, to avoid cakes and sweetmeats; to take exercise at the appointed hour whether you like it or not, in cold and heat; to abstain from cold drinks and from wine at your will; in a word, to give yourself over to the trainer as to a physician.
Then in the conflict itself you are likely enough to dislocate your wrist or twist your ankle, to swallow a great deal of dust or to be severely thrashed and, after all these things, to be defeated.”
Epicteus had it right.
Some of the young athletes I have worked with, or who are trying to get selected into teams, seem to have a different viewpoint on life.
- I will only do the bare minimum to achieve what I need to and rely on my parents to barrack Coaches into selecting me.
- I will only work when under supervision.
- I will miss training to go to a free lunch or to go on holiday.
- I will piss and moan if I fail to get selected for something… and then I will quit. I will eat junk food, abstain from breakfast and demand supplements.
- Never, ever, under any circumstances is anything my fault-instead it is the Coach or the other players’ fault.
Often they are the most talented ones too and are “anointed and appointed” (as Vern Gambetta would say) at a young age.
I have learnt to remove these athletes from my training environments at the earliest opportunity.
I feel that training with South West Talent and James Marshall has been the best thing I've done for my basketball career so far. It has greatly improved my overall athleticism which has been a real benefit to me when on court. More importantly, however, the training has enabled me to continue playing whilst suffering from a back injury which has caused me real problems over a number of years. It has made huge improvements more recently and I am confident that I will be in good shape to play this coming season.
10 Apr 2019
Sporting success starts here
- Are you a sporting teenager who wants to get better?
- Do you play more than 1 sport?
- Do you want specific advice on how you can prepare for the matches ahead?
- Do you want to know how to balance school/ club sporting commitments?
- This day is for you.
The Day will include: