Joe Caligiuri (MS, ATC) is the owner of Stadium Performance in Dedham, Mass., and has served as athletic trainer for the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and NFL’s New England Patriots. SP offers Boston’s No. 1 injury-prevention, ACL rehab and speed programming. Check out spstrengthcoach.com.
Today, more than ever, high school and college athletes can benefit from a level playing field. Gone are the days of two amateur teams per state that consist of the best athletes in the north, south, east and west of their prospective sport. Private schools, club programs and an increased social media presence have allowed any athlete the opportunity to promote their abilities to potential onlookers far and near.
With these advances, however, come increased demands for productivity and results. It is your decision to either accept or decline the challenge proposed before you. The opportunity to oppose negative pressures and surpass the expectations of your supporters is at your your fingertips. Only the most committed athletes will conform to the regimen required for success. This is what it takes.
Like any great recipe, the recipe for success has multiple components. If you leave out any of them, the odds of your product meeting the expectations you have set are very low. Your summer regimen will need to incorporate more than just strength training, skating and nutrition. You will need to implement self-reflection, intellect and rest to complement the other components that yield physical results. Together, you will create and maintain consistency that will allow you to manage expectations and repeatability.