My Goals

Goal is defined as a desired result a person or a system envisions plans and commits to achieve a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Many people endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines. When thinking of goals I like to set more than one so that I give myself the best chance to accomplish at least one. The goals I have set for myself throughout my life an right now in the present and toward the future are long term goals, my dream goal, realistic goal, and a specific goal.

My long-term dream is to be a Greco Roman Olympian, if I stretch all my limits and depending on my weight class I could make it come true. Another thing that would be most satisfying is if I can’t make my dream come true is helping other athletes reach their full potential and become one. My dream goal for this year is to produce one national champ, and win a national team title. I also would want to have ten national qualifiers and 10 All Americans. If I use all my resources this year and get advice from mentors who have been in my situation and has had success this will become reality. Realistic goals I have is to win conference again this year, have ten national qualifiers, and at least 8 All Americans. A specific goal I would want is for each wrestler I coach every month to visualize they becoming a national champ, and get better each day. What this does is make them stay humble and hungry for success.

Socialist Society

This has been an extremely sore subject for many but here goes:

“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money to spend.”

– Margaret Thatcher

I believe our country is moving closer and closer to a socialist society, and many are accepting it with no realization.  Our day to day lives are becoming increasingly micromanaged by the government, we are losing our private property, and punishing the wealthy by not allowing them to enjoy their benefits from working hard.  I understand that the individuals who are more fortunate to have more money and belongings should help out the less fortunate but at what point are they helping out versus having their belongings taken from them?


Why these sports?

Growing up, I played football, basketball, and baseball all throughout high school. I loved these sports from an early age, and much of this I believe is due to my father’s influence. He was involved in these sports growing up and has maintained his passion throughout his life. I love these sports, and really am not all that interested in too many of the other sports out there. But why? Why do basketball and football have to rule our country? Obviously soccer is much bigger in other countries, and football (American) isn’t exactly a worldwide sport. Is there any changes that could or should happen to change our views on sports?

Since entering college, recently started competitive weightlifting. I am a very competitive person, and this gives me something to work towards. It certainly adds meaning to my workouts, and I now am very passionate about it. Looking around the world, weightlifting is much more popular (and successful) in other countries. Since I started weightlifting, it kind of opened my mind to other sports (more individual, or sports more common elsewhere), and somewhat changed my opinion. Though I still love the sports I grew up with, I now see why people are interested in various sports. If all of our athletes gravitate towards the money-making sports, then our country will continue to be behind other countries in international competitions for many of the olympic sports. Is this an issue? Can/Should we do anything about this?

Every Body Deserves an Athletic Trainer

Every year the National Athletic Trainers Association sponsors National Athletic Training Month. While I’m sure most everyone in this class has worked with an athletic trainer either as an athlete or as a coach, there are still many people who are uneducated about the profession. Each year there is a different theme that we use to promote our profession. In 2013, the theme was “Every Body deserves an Athletic Trainer.”

Athletic Trainers have become standard at almost all colleges and are becoming more common at high schools. There are still many schools and athletic organizations that do not have athletic training coverage. One of the most important parts of our job as an athletic trainer is the acute injury and emergency management. While coaches may have the skills to bandage a wound or work out a cramp, most coaches do not have training in handling situations such as a cervical spine injury or medical emergency. Some situations require immediate attention and specialized knowledge.

There are countless examples of why it is important to have an athletic trainer on site at all athletic events. My high school athletic trainer recently had an athlete who got kicked in the stomach while playing soccer. He displayed obvious pain where he got kicked, but then started complaining about left shoulder pain. The athletic trainer quickly jumped into action. From his training, he knew that left shoulder pain after a blow to the stomach (Kehr’s sign) is indicative of a splenic rupture. The athlete was quickly rushed to the hospital and a potential dangerous situation was avoided. In a situation where an athletic trainer was not present, the shoulder pain may not have been a red flag and the athlete could have been in a serious situation.

The biggest issue in terms of athletic training coverage is the financial burden the host organization has. Some organizations have trouble paying coaches and staff members and cannot afford to pay an additional staff member. While I understand the difficulties, money is not a good enough excuse. You cannot put a cost on protecting someone’s health. If you cannot afford athletic training coverage, you cannot afford contact sports. Every body deserves an athletic trainer.

Student Strive For Their Own Growth

I have talked a lot about what leaders of a college campus need to do to help student development in college, but what is the student doing to benefit their own growth in college? Students would love to put all the blame of not growing in college on the leaders of the campus, but the student has half the blame as well.

As a future leader of a college campus I know that the student needs to be the one that initiates the want to grow and ask for help. Of course the leaders of campus need to be able to recognize and encourage student growth on its own, but sometimes they need help from the student as well. Student feedback is very important and is needed for the leaders to learn. To become a successful leader, a leader must accept the lessons from a student.

By asking questions, a leader can pinpoint growth areas for the student. The student should have the want to search for their personal identity that wasn’t there before. Using the leaders around them as a tool is a great first step on figuring this out. Every student will leave college as a different person than how they started at the beginning and every student has the advantage of turning to a leader to better enjoy their journey ahead.

Personal Health and Fitness (5) – Change

Change. Good, bad or ugly? The health and wellness field is constantly changing, and with that, comes new research and information at the consumers’ fingertips…sometimes misleading. So is this change a good or bad thing?

Well, there are two sides to every story, right?! One could argue that this change in the field is definitely a good thing. It means that there is research being conducted that could possibly improve the quality of someone’s life. It gives us hope. It gives health promoters new and different ways to help people.

The bad. Well, it’s quite obvious isn’t it?! The consumers latch on to any new bit of health information that will make them  “healthier” faster or easier. This part is not so great. Yes, the information can be valid…in certain contexts.

So, there are pros and cons to change in this field. What I think everyone has to remember, including us as young health promoters, is that we need to constantly have our critical thinking hats on. People will be looking to us for the right answer.

The Emerging Field

I have recently decided to make a move to the strength and conditioning field for a variety of reasons. First of all, I am always in the weight room. I am a competitive weightlifter and train 6 days a week. Most people don’t realize that weightlifting (olympic) is a sport that demands extreme skill and it involves not only strength training, but constant technical work. I also love coaching athletes, and helping teams work together towards a common goal. What better way than to help athletes reach their potential through training? 

Strength and conditioning isn’t necessarily that new of a field. However, it is being recognized as a more important field and definitely now starting to be more researched and understood. People see the benefits of having quality strength and conditioning coaches. Strength and conditioning coaches are the only coaches that are able to train and coach athletes throughout the entire year by NCAA rules. Head coaches depend on strength coaches to develop their athletes, and help them reach their potential. Now, we are all somewhat in an emerging field. The health field in general is  becoming more recognized and important to our society. We have the ability to reach people and improve their quality of life. It is definitely exciting that we are just starting our journey and working towards reaching our goals and dreams.

Teammates as Friends

Is it necessary for teammates to get along and be friends on sports teams?  Does it make a difference if the sport is a team sport or an individual sport?

I have seen teams that the players are all really good friends and hang out off the field, live together, take classes together, etc.  I have seen the benefits of such an arrangement.  These players all enjoy each others company and have good team chemistry.  They tend to work hard for each other as no one wants to disappoint anyone else.  They all have similar goals and work towards them efficiently.  They are a pleasure to be around and they are easy to coach.

Some of the downfalls of this set up is that the players are too nice to each other.  For example, if their teammate is not performing well or they are not working as hard as everyone else, no one wants to call them out or hold them to a higher standard because they like this person and do not want to make them feel bad.  It could also be a problem if your best friend on the team is not playing very much and you are.  They may start to resent you or try to get you to resent the coach just like they do.

It is sometimes difficult to weigh the pros and cons of each scenario.  Ultimately I think it depends on the team but in general it is better for the players to get along and be friends off the field.  It helps more than it hurts and it definitely increases team morale and cohesiveness when everyone gets along.  I do think that this cohesiveness is more important in team sports than it is in individual sports.

Personal Health and Fitness (4) — walking the line.

Becoming a health educator and promoter. It’s exciting! It is a career where I can take what I know and use and teach others; however, there is a fine line that needs to be walked in a couple different areas.

First, I am beginning to realize how difficult it is to counsel others, give advice and help others when I myself am not perfect. It’s a hypocritical career field if you think about it. You tell others to eat this or do that, when you yourself don’t follow it to a capital “T”! I am starting to realize that this will be a fine line to walk. It is actually encouraging me to try to live an even healthier lifestyle.

Second, another fine line to walk is when to say something and when to keep your mouth shut. I am not talking about having a career where you are counseling people or giving suggestions…I am talking about encountering people you care about in your own personal life. Since I have started living a healthier lifestyle and have been taking some classes in this field, I am constantly encountering different situations where I have the option to share my opinion or keep it to myself. How do I make that decision?! Of course I want the best for everyone, especially my family, and when I see them making poorer health decisions, it kills me to know that they could easily make a small change. But do I say something? Will they be mad? Will they take the advice? How do I do it without stepping on toes? I am staring to come to the conclusion that leading by example is best way to go about this. That way I am putting ideas in their heads without pushing my thoughts on them. Whether they use it or not is up to them.

Well, those are my thoughts for now. Sorry they are kind of all over the place, but I just write what comes to my head, so here it is! Feel free to let me know what you think. Do any of you walk the same lines?

Katie Marty

Loyalty: What is it? Important? Necessary?

Loyalty in our field could be described in many ways. Some people value loyalty in the family setting. Others are die-hard sports fans, and extremely loyal to their favorite teams.  Is a head coach loyal if he stays with his team for 5 years? What about 10? Is he disloyal if after 10 years, he takes a more lucrative position? If Bill was always a Packer growing up in Wisconsin, but then moved to Oakland as an adult, is he still required to be a Packer fan? What are the qualifications for one to be considered loyal, and is it necessary?

I have personally always been loyal to Wisconsin sports, particularly the Wisconsin Badgers, the Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Milwaukee Brewers. My loyalty to these teams has stuck with me throughout my life, and I can’t really imagine being loyal to other teams if I end up living elsewhere geographically. The one area in which I could see myself altering my fan hood is if my professional career takes me some to a professional or collegiate team in the same league as my favorite teams. As a future strength and conditioning coach, there is a good chance I will end up in a university setting. And I can promise that being at the division 1 level is the only way I would ever root against the Badgers.  For me, loyalty is staying true to your beliefs and displaying consistency.

What one is loyal to, and the degree to which they are loyal solely depends on the individual. People are going to be loyal to things in which are important to them. This could be a variety of things, including: family, work, interests, favorite teams, money, hobbies, religion, friends, etc. It could be anything in life that we care about. For some people, loyalty might be a major part of  several facets in life. For others maybe loyalty isn’t something that is important to them. Maybe their loyalty lies with being spontaneous?

What are your thoughts? What are some areas in which you are loyal? Are coaches, trainers, administrators, etc. required to have a certain level of loyalty to their organization?