It's Comeback Season: Part 2

I stand on the shoulders of literal giants, Men and Women who have paved the way, set the tone and standards of excellence, and who have helped to educate and direct the academic and professional paths of an entire generation of training nerds such as myself. However, I feel our industry (as with many others) goes largely unappreciated or misunderstood by those standing on the outside looking in. Some of the more simple and common examples of such phenomena can be seen below:

  • The field of Strength & Conditioning (Sports Performance) hasn’t been around very long in the United States. Until the last 5-10 years, new information spread at a snails pace, especially when compared to the rate & scope of distribution that information & knowledge can spread now. The intersection between scientific discovery and impactful, result-driven implementation in real-world settings has always been one of the hardest problems to solve as S&C coaches. A new age of coaches and methodologies has been changing that, albeit slowly, and I have seen a drastic change in our industry over the last 5-years, which leads me to my next point…
  • Many individuals are stuck in the “old ways”. Coaches who are now in a position of leadership were coming up the ranks during our industries initial growth and maturation period. For some, there is safety in the known and fear of the unknown; failing to acknowledge the fact that our field has and continues to progress at an alarming rate, these individuals sometimes make choices & decisions in good faith, all the while staying blissfully unaware of the degree of change and innovation our field has experienced in the previous decades. 
  • The apparent barrier of entry in our industry is incredibly lowWhile I truly believe everyone should be a student of his or her own body and health, I do not believe that ones own personal success in their health, performance, or physical appearance means they’re qualified to work with clients. I’d recommend you find an individual in whatever field or service in question who is also a life-long learner, someone who treats their continuing education seriously and works hard to stay up to date in the field and always strives to get better. It would be even better if you can find someone with the capacity to think critically; this is a skillset that has disappeared at an alarming rate. We don’t need professionals who just robotically regurgitate information they’ve learned in school, we need those who can critically examine the relationships and connections between seemingly unrelated pieces of information or experiences in order to form a professional framework of their own based on THEIR unique experiences and world-view. 

Until next time…