This week, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio came to a conclusion. Bringing with it the final competition of a season for many athletes. In some cases, the final competition EVER, ending what is most likely a lifetime and career focused almost exclusively on their sport.Read More
Recently, Sports Illustrated and SI.com published an article about Michael Phelps and his path to rehabilitation in an effort to win gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016. It was a really thorough piece -- one that I couldn’t put down. It was intriguing not only because it's a comeback story about one of swimming’s greatest competitors, but because it looked into the more personal struggles that Phelps has endured over the last eight years.
Phelps should be acknowledged for his bravery in sharing his experiences during this time period. It couldn’t have been easy to publicly share this information and open himself to criticism or comments on social media.Read More
I spend a lot of time thinking about the transition that occurs when individuals end their athletic careers. Things like: What happens during the transition…what it means emotionally for the person...how it affects the individual’s lifestyle…what we can be doing more of to support people as they go through the process, etc. Despite the fact that I’ve personally experienced this transition (and currently work with individuals as they go through it) there is still much that I don’t know.
I would argue that biggest portion of this entire process deals with the concept of athletic identity and how a person manages the changes related to it. I’ve written briefly on this before and think it’s quite critical to paint a better picture of the emotions, thoughts and feelings a person experiences as they go through this change in their life.Read More
As I write to you today, I am 31 years old. You graduated from Purdue University nearly nine years ago (which seems like forever ago now). A lot has happened to you since then, too -- a husband, a sweet baby girl, a dog, the start of a career, the change of career path, two house purchases, four different homes (and cities) and several military deployments to the Middle East for your husband. You have met some wonderful people along the way, but have also had to say goodbye to many good friends. A lot of doors have opened because of these great friends as well.Read More