How fast can you run? How high can you jump? How strong can you get? How fast? What adventures can you overcome?
You can feel a beating in your heart, a desire to push yourself to the next level…
But somethings in the way.
How well can your muscles heal when fight or flight mode turns off your healing? How well can you stick to a diet when you have a hard time absorbing their nutrients? How safe are your adventures when fight or flight is known to decrease overall vision (as we’re forced to focus on singular targets, areas etc. when others can quickly become of higher concern.
More than any other field, Athletes in particular must fully understand fight or flight mode and learn to overcome their stress.
The combat of wellness largely deals with what it takes to improve and become your better self, overcome stress etc and thus will be the athletes best friend.
The two main questions of athletes is ‘how hard can I train’ and then ‘how quickly can I recover form that training.’ When suffering from stress, more specifically stuck in fight or flight mode, the answer is going to be very little. There’s nothing like a nice fight to take the wind out of a good body building session, sure they can “take it out on the weights” but their performance and gains are going to be shot. That fight will generally leave negative feelings in the mind of the athlete and it’s important to say the positive versions of them, as in affirmations, followed by a walk around the block, followed by brief meditation to get their head back into the game.
Sometimes we don’t have time to get our head back and it’s up to our own will power, and strength of our focus alone to get our Zen like center back. The quarter back yells “Hike!” and instead of worrying about whether or not we have a home to go back to, we’re in motion, plowing our way past defenses that are able to unleash tons of pressure against us, snapping our heads back for a moment to catch the glimmer of a vision of the ball, just enough to catch it into a crash landing, gaining 15 yards in the process.
More than anything, an athletes challenge is to do their best to mitigate drama and pain from lovers, finances and friendships. Communication can be something they struggle with as we all can tend to master the area of our focus yet find the more subtle art of human interaction a little strained. Athletics are far simpler than complicated associations of the human element.
Additionally, it’s important to recognize there is a big difference between will power and drive. Drive will bring you to your limits, however, will power should be used with caution or you can actually override the warnings in your Golgi tendons and pull muscles completely, just out of sheer will power.
Key tips for athletes
At interventional wellness, we find the world of athletics quite fascinating, and especially look forward having our massage protocols, training and education tested to their own limits. Perhaps we can even sponsor an athlete or a team a test to our own abilities to help people achieve their highest potentials.
For athletes interested in seeing how far we can get them as a possible sponsorship, contact us.