Reduce The Pressure Of Sports By Celebrating Success
Chris Collins (@coach_collins) is the Head Basketball Coach at Northwestern University. Before arriving, Collins spent 13 years as an assistant coach for Duke and also worked closely with the USA Men's Basketball teams that won Olympic Gold Medals in 2008 and 2012. As a player, Collins received Illinois' top high school honor as 'Mr. Basketball' and went on to an illustrious career at Duke University.
Social media, increased TV deals, and more money in college, high school, and youth sports puts greater pressure and attention on athletes than ever before. With this increased pressure it is increasingly important to have fun and celebrate success. These celebrations and excitement about victories, large or small, on the court or off, is important in reducing pressure and stress that is related to today's pressure-packed sports environment.
As Coach Collins says, "If you don't take the time to enjoy the good things, eventually you're going to burnout." As it stands now, players are consistently critiqued and told what they could do better, and this can be draining. To combat this and continue helping young athletes grow, Collins suggests remembering to take the time to celebrate when an opportunity presents itself.