Hardships and Heroes
Some things are rarely discussed by high level coaches like Ryan Davis [@CoachRyanDavis] of University of Maryland, one of those being vulnerability. As Director of Football Strength and Conditioning, Davis seeks to build a foundation with his players like no other organization. It’s his belief that being your most authentic self is the best way to connect with your athletes, that includes letting your guard down from time to time. It also means making a definitive distinction between punishment and discipline, understanding that to develop a winning program every coaching action must have specific intent.
Choices lead to habits which lead to behaviors. Coach Ryan Davis [@CoachRyanDavis] of the University of Maryland believes in this mantra for not only his athletes but his coaching staff as well. For athletes it may mean organizing their priorities in a way that reflects their dedication to sport success. For the coaches, it may mean making the choice and conscious effort to get to know each athlete on an individual level. Davis believes in the power of connection and it often starts with knowing your athletes’ most difficult hardships. This open dialogue between coaches, students, and among players themselves, is needed now more than ever as differences like race play such a large role in our life experiences. Learn how to bridge the gap with Coach Davis.
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You can find Ryan Davis on Instagram @CoachRyanDavis and watch for him at University of Maryland football.
John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.
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