Sanity FS has had the pleasure of working with about a few dozen or so high school athletes over the years and the approach has had to change a bit because of the influx of information to all other coaches, parents, and the teenage athlete.  Because of that, I have made changes on my end to improve my opportunity of providing a stimulus for change to my teenage athlete.

First, there must be a clean palette.  What does this mean?  Well, the teenage mind has now been fixed on one consistency, a ‘comfortable  and lazy’ home environment.  I say lazy because most of our technology has allowed for us to live lazily.  Now this consistency can fill a need for helping  parents stay organized, keep things flowing for the household, and allow the teenager to experience the “American Lifestyle”.  However, this does not allow for a stimulus to change.

I suggest that for ONE month ALL (or as many as possible) distractions be removed from their home environment.  That means no tv’s, game stations, or music docks in the bedroom.  The computer can stay, however, should be limited to school work only.  And remove any other distractions that is keeping their mind focusing on the goal of ‘change’ , or that next athletic level.

Their change should be a quest and it takes a certain kind of focus that is also necessary come game time.  An attention span has a base level, and I’ve watched some of my kids and noticed that it can sometimes be less than a minute.  After that, they invite other distractions into their mind and performance becomes compromised.  Obviously, not a good thing if the goal is advanced performance.

Obviously I know this all may sound like a difficult task and any normal teenager will resist, moreover, why it must be done.  Resistance is something that can learn to be controlled and with that, comes a peaceful mind and athletic focus.  Two very important and necessary elements to advanced levels of performance.  Our bodies will do what our mind tells it, and with that kind of control, our ability to adapt and overcome can be limitless.

A Sanity approach to training,

Daniel J Sanidad