Authored by Rodhe Sport Athletes (RSA)
Dealing with Down-Phases
While the highs of our sport bring great joy and feelings of accomplishment, dealing with the lows of training and competition can be disheartening for many throwers of all disciplines. It’s simple to put things in perspective when we experience victory or accomplish goals we’ve been working towards, but how we handle our low points and poor performance is what really shapes our character as athletes.
Even the greatest names in track & field have dealt with down-phases, or times when performance, training, and results are low. However, their ability to keep focus and persevere is part of what makes them elite athletes in the first place. Eventually we all are faced with low points in our careers, but with these tips we can get past our low points and develop a deeper appreciation for the sport.
This is one of the greatest pitfalls athletes face at any level. Whether it’s pride or a lack of comfort, many athletes do not communicate vital information with their respective coaches. Injuries, soreness, unusual pains, and even issues outside of the ring such as lack of sleep, poor CNS, and stress are all things that need to be communicated to coaches.
These stresses factor directly into training, and it’s important for coaches to know how their training is affecting you as an athlete. Certain issues may be a direct result of training, while others may be negatively affecting your training. This is why open communication between coach and athlete is necessary.
Find a Hobby
It’s easy to become obsessed with the grind of the sport. We love working in the ring, the weight room, and even the film room. However, an unhealthy obsession with throwing can cause mental and physical fatigue. Just as we need rest days from training, we need rest from all things throwing as well.
This is why Coach Rodhe recommends a month-long break from throwing for collegiate and professional athletes immediately following the competition season. Over 6-10 months of consecutive training and competition is very taxing on both the mind and body. Picking up a hobby that isn’t throwing-related can help keep your love for the sport fresh.