“As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” – Ben Hogan
(Dr. John R. Mott, President of the YMCA World Committee, 1926-1937)
Dr. John R Mott is said to have been one of the great influencers in history. His quote that introduces this post speaks volumes for his motives in doing all that he did to become a Nobel Peace Prize winner and leave his mark in history. The quote also brings us to work through some challenges as coaches. What is one’s motive for coaching? Is it mainly wins and losses? Or could it be to leave a mark on all that one would influence for the good? We need more John Motts to take the reins of our athletic courts of competition. We need to begin to see what history will say about this generation and how we helped shape our culture. Dr. Mott was one of the great shapers of what we know today as the Y.M.C.A. His bio can be read at the following link:
Let’s make it our personal goal and resolution to set critical thinking in place where our priority will be to leave a deep impression upon our sphere of influence and gemeration! Now is the time to begin – – – TODAY!!! The Coaches Channel will encourage and promte the thought that this be the greatest decade of influence for the good that is done by the athletic coaches in all sport whether between the lines or outside the lines of competition.
I was talking to a sports related orthopedic surgeon the other day and he told me that he has to do an awful lot of work with young pitchers, high school age, who’ve torn their rotator cuffs or developed chronic pain in their pitching arms.
He told me that the problem is that the loose, whipping motion that makes a great young pitcher, is also the one thing that makes them more susceptible to arm damage at a young age. That whipping, almost double jointed motion comes as a result of exceptionally loose joints. That means a lack of stability and quicker wear and tear.
Unfortunately there are a lot of coaches who either don’t know or don’t care to listen to that kind of wisdom. They’re always looking for the next great star, and riding him till he drops, but that star can burn out before he ever gets a chance to shine if we don’t handle him with care.