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A Message from The Playmaker Maker

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What’s the difference between good and great? The key to separating yourself from the masses and become an outstanding player is discipline. Everybody can work hard when they are motivated. It is easy to have a good attitude at practice and watch film when your team has been winning, but it takes an exceptional individual to work just as hard when you have had a bad day. The athletes who are great show up early to practice, take the extra reps even when they are not a starter, watch film when your team is 0-12, and they continue to work behind closed doors. All the great athletes I have trained have been mentally and physically disciplined I will always prefer to work with the hardest worker in the room over the most gifted one.

As a trainer, watching athletes succeed at their physical goals is very fulfilling.  There is something so rewarding in watching a player compete an entire game pain free after coming back from a long-term injury. Being able to help players reach new heights and surpass themselves is by far my favorite part of the job. My favorite quote is “There is no growth in the comfort zone.” I steadily try to get athletes used to being comfortable with being uncomfortable. The truth of the matter is football is not a very comfortable sport. Being willing to push yourself out of your comfort zone is essential to progressing as an athlete, a player, and a person in general.

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In athletic training, I put an emphasis on “pre-hab”. Over the years I have learned the most common injuries in football center around ankles, knees, and shoulders. So, I made it a point to educate myself on the anatomy and function to create exercises that “bulletproof” injury prone body parts. I am always reminding players, “Invest 20 minutes in prehab now so you don’t have to go through 6 months of rehab in a couple of weeks.” Athletes favor me over other trainers and coaches because like most successful international football players, I have had to sacrifice just as much as they did to reach this level of success. No matter how hard they work, I am willing to work harder. They know I will be right by their side through the entire process. This work ethic has earned me a lot of respect on top of that. My method of communicating with high performance athletes plus my degree in psychology has made players comfortable when voicing possible emotional distress. Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety are quite common in professional sports. Yet, many people are fearful of admitting to suffering under the pressure of playing in one of Europe’s most competitive leagues. Covid-19 has been a hard transition for all of us. Use your time to finally heal from all the left-over injuries you had in the past. When everything opens up again, there shouldn’t be any excuses about having been unable to take care of a banged-up body. You can still run, work on flexibility, and study film. There is not a single excuse why you shouldn’t progress as an athlete during the Covid-19 lockdown.

As a coach, all I can do is hand you the tools, but you the player have to go ahead and use them. I’m happy to provide advice on recovery, nutrition, and technique, but if the work ethics and discipline is lacking, then players will not see the results they are striving for.

We all need to embrace these hard times, for they make us resilient.

Coach Jenni

“Always be the hardest worker in the room and earn your spot.”

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