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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-11-21)

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-11-21)

“Promoting Education Based Athletics in Indiana”


This past week, Alabama’s DeVonta Smith became only the fourth wide receiver and first since 1991 to win the coveted Heisman Trophy. 

In his acceptance speech, Smith said “And just to all the young kids out there that’s not the biggest, not the strongest, just keep pushing because I’m not the biggest.  I’ve been doubted a lot just because of my size (Smith is 6’ 1” and 175 lbs), and really it just comes down to you put your mind to it, you can do it.”

What you might not know is Smith stayed after practice daily, with his position coach, and caught an extra 100 passes. That’s sacrifice.

Smith did not win the Heisman because he was the biggest, fastest or strongest.   He won because he had the desire, drive and discipline to be the best.  And in 2020, he was!

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IHSAA Student Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-18-21)

“Promoting Education Based Athletics in Indiana"

One of the most underrated and overlooked aspects of an athlete’s performance is sleep.
NBA all-star Kevin Durant has stated that he gets eight hours of sleep nightly. He said “ Every day is a new chance to challenge myself and push my training to the next level, but I can only do that if I keep my energy up. Sleep is an important part of that.”
Are you willing to make sacrifices in order to get better? What if that means getting more sleep? Can you reduce your time on your phone/social media/video games? Are you willing to say no when your friends are up late or out late?
You will likely be more energized and focused at practice (and in the classroom), leading to better results on the court/field when you have consistent sleep.
Studies have shown that teenage athletes need 7-9 hours of nightly sleep regularly. Are you in that range?

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