How To Become A Better Athlete


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As many of you are long time readers, you know that two out of my three daughters are athletes. The oldest two fell in  love with the game of soccer and started playing when they entered high school. Playing sports not only made them get into shape but also spilled over into other parts of their lives. That got me thinking what actually makes one a better athlete. I did a little research and came up with a few easy ways to become a better athlete.

  • Love of the sport. You first have to love whatever sport you chose to play. If you are in my family, that would be soccer. But that is not for everyone. Choose what makes you the happiest when you play it.
  • Learn- No matter how good you are there is still something else for you learn. Being open to learn makes you a better athlete. For instance, my middle daughter, Mikaela, knows she needs to advance more in her soccer skills, that is why she trains with a member of the Carolina Railhawks NASL team. Training with a professional is one option but you can also learn by going to camps, classes and studying by watching the professionals on television.
  • Practice. Work on your skill level and be willingly to listen to criticism,good and bad.
  • Exercise- If you aren’t in top physical condition than you are more than likely to sustain an injury or lose steam when you need it the most.
  • Eat right. Remember the old adage- “Put junk in, junk comes out.” Watching what you eat is very important especially on game day.
  • Use technology like RPM² (Remote Performance Measurement/Monitoring) will help to enhance your performance. This kind of technology will provide data to help improve the range of motion, force and power. It will also help to correct the stance of the athletes.


No matter how you look at it, to become a better athlete, you have to be willing to learn and be willing to work hard. Hard work pays off in the end.

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  1. That’s awesome that you have athletic children, I kinda feel like athletic children are more driven. How neat that your daughter gets to train with a professional. Hopefully she gets the chance to play professional soccer!

  2. Here I go again having to publicly state that exercising is not a “thing” of mind. 🙁

  3. My kids are very athletic too and that is something I am really thankful for because they are active and fit and sleep well. I will check out the RPM, sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I have to say that hard work and passion are the most important things you need, you have to love what you do!

  5. My dad always told me you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take 🙂 Its all about hard work and perseverance!

  6. my son joined the soccer club, its pretty intimidating because he has to play against older kids. He was too shy and decided to quit

  7. My boys use to play soccer, they weren’t very good at it but I was always proud that they stuck it through and tried their best. Thats what matters to me the most

  8. When I was in high school starting a new sport, I practiced everyday and it definitely helped.

  9. Kick boxing and tennis are two sports I’ve always enjoyed. Weight lighting is another fav.

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