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T&T needs ordinary people doing ordinary things
Sometimes people think it takes doing something extraordinary to accomplish great things but lately, I find myself calling my perspective on that to serious question.
You look at the lives of some of the most accomplished and respected people and you see that all they did was follow their passion, always giving their best effort. It may not have always been perfect because humans are not perfect beings but they were on a journey and never lost focus of it… and sometimes it is as simple as that.
As children, we are raised to know right from wrong but the intricacies of life come to override the simplicity of innocence and gradually the picture and purpose becomes skewed. I truly believe that a firm grasp of the reality that surrounds our athletes will help with structuring sustainable programs that can produce great athletes.
Here are some of the scenarios that I come across:
• Athletes who are the one male in a single parent home with siblings.
• Athletes whose parents are going through divorces.
• Athletes who have to manage their training time with their academic demands.
• Athletes who are parents and sometimes have to come to training with their little ones.
• Athletes with only their dad.
• Athletes living in tough financial circumstances.
• Athletes who are adopted.
• Athletes who have to travel to school, to work, to training.
• Athletes who do not eat proper meals.
• Athletes who do not eat on time.
• My parents only want me to focus on school work and forget about sports but this is what I love to do.
A parent’s perspective:
• This country does not take care of its athletes, why should I invest anything into their athletic career?
• I can afford to send them away to train and be seen by Universities.
• Academics will secure their future. One injury in sport will end my child’s career and all will be lost.
• I am a single parent. How much is rehab going to cost? How much is a good coach to manage his strength and conditioning going to cost?
• These coaches do not know how to speak to children – they just shout at them. My child does not respond well to that.
The odds against pursuing an athletic career in T&T are numerous and as such, those in positions of influence within the industry should have a sense of responsibility to understand these odds and be motivated to do whatever they can, to the best of their ability, to facilitate the opportunities to overcome these odds.
Maybe what T&T needs now is just ordinary people doing ordinary things – communicating, being accountable, thinking logically – but doing it with some business acumen and a genuine interest to make something better. Just ask a question – simple.
Asha De Freitas-Moseley M.S. A.T.C., has been an athletic trainer/therapist with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) for the past 12 years. She specialises in the rehabilitation of injuries sustained by otherwise people who lead active/athletic lifestyles. Applying Active Release Technique (ART), Facial Stretch Therapy (FST) and Contemporary Dry Needling to complement her training as a certified Corrective Exercise Specialist the goal is to rehabilitation while keeping you in the game. She can be reached at Pulse Performance Ltd., located at #54 Gallus St, Woodbrook. Tel: 221-2437.
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