I have a couple random thoughts from the last week.
Doctors are no different than any other profession
Just like any job you can have, someone is going to be good at their job and someone else isn’t.
Doctors are not exempt from this rule.
I absolutely respect the hell out of the process it takes to earn their MD. I got my Master’s and have absolutely no drive to get a doctorate, do a dissertation, or anything like that.
But, some doctors use their platform incorrectly. Most patients will take their word as dogma. The only issue is that sometimes doctors may be giving advice that they have no background in.
I heard that a typical physician has only taken a semester of nutrition in their 7+ years of school. Good physicians will refer out to a nutritionist. Others try to figure it out themselves. They simply do not have the experience in that field to give good guidance or advice.
I seriously doubt most doctors have any background in exercise, strength and conditioning, or sports performance. Unfortunately, my word will never win over what a doctor has to say. I also would never try to go against a physician’s word.
The best thing you can do when a doctor says that you cannot do “x” activity is to ask well what can you do?
Can’t lift weights? Well, what about core work and other things that do not push pressure on the injured area?
My favorite example is someone told not to exercise with a bad arm/wrist/hand/shoulder. You still have one good arm, a good core, and two good legs that we can train.
There is always a way to work around while doing no harm.
There is no substitute for competition
I remember one of our athletes since he was about 11 years old and in our youth class.
He is going into his senior year of high school and has trained with us since. I have been doing speed/agility but also combine test prep.
Every year he gets tested on his 40 and pro agility with pretty good emphasis being placed on those numbers.
This year he ran his best 40 yd dash that we have seen while he is also bigger than ever.
From working with him I knew that he had been running a lot better but the numbers weren’t indicating a big increase in his times. When it came time to go out and run he performed well.
This happened a couple of years ago when I was doing a lot of his conditioning too. He needed to run in under 70 seconds or something like that. He never did it in the gym with me. When he got tested he ran it in like 65.
The value of competition is really important. Sometimes it is tough to perform really really well in an empty gym. It helps to have teammates during conditioning tests and he even ran his 40 next to someone. As a lineman, he found someone faster and chased them.
The same goes for regular training as well. I can get frustrated when athletes are not leaving everything on the turf. Or i could make the drill into a competition and watch them automatically try a lot harder.
This is not a flaw in the athletes, it is just the nature of the beast. Some athletes are “gamers.” When it matters most they are the ones that perform at a really high level.
When the lights are on, competition can bring the best out of certain athletes and it is always helpful to bring this into training when we can.