On this week’s MindSide Podcast, we explore the challenges women commonly face in sports. The challenges are not just the ones in the open, like blatant discrimination and sexism, but the understated biases that are pervasive throughout sports. For instance, does an athlete that cries on the sidelines get viewed differently if they are a male or female? Who would transfer to coaching men’s basketball better - Pat Summit or Geno Auremmia? Does the gender of the coach shift your judgment of their impact? The challenges are deeper than gender but about roles, experience, and perceived value in different settings. Open your mind and explore this topic this week.
Dr. Sloan Beard attend Ball State University where she was a member of the gymnastics team. 17 years in the demanding sport led to numerous injuries. In her professional career she began working with several gymnasts for injury-related care. Beard realized the need for interventions within a gymnast's program before injuries were to occur. With her background in TPI, Titleist Performance Institute, Dr. Sloan wanted something that could assist in gymnastics in the same manner that TPI works within golf. She designed a way to assess a gymnast on the front end, prescribe correctives that coordinated with the assessments and ultimately remove more variability in the injury process. She founded GymnastFix in the early months of 2016 and now assesses and teaches for different gymnastics programs implementing prehab protocols specific for their individual athletes.
Dr. Sloan practices with her husband, Dr. Beau Beard, in Birmingham, Alabama at their clinic, The FARM: Functional Athletic Rehabilitation & Movement. She utilizes a very hands-on adjusting technique, and is well versed in myofascial release, kinesio taping, exercise prescription and sports rehabilitation.
In life many of us feel we are called for something. For some, it is to be a professional athlete, for others it might be leading a corporation. No matter what your calling is there are steps and sacrifices you must make to reach it. Chad Metcalf has learned that on his journey to reach two different callings. First becoming a Navy SEAL through the sacrifices it took in training and life to make that happen, and now becoming a professional golfer. On this journey Chad says “the best trait I have learned is being an overcomer.” Listen to how he’s overcome the challenges along the way and about the lessons he has for those following a similar path.
Jeff Swarr became emerged into the goal to win with every team he coached. But what he learned was he was missing one thing, the heart of the game and the heart of challenges. After taking a step back and looking at how he was competing he learned to compete from the heart, something he says is a long process. Learning this led him to write, A Competitor’s Heart: 369 Days of Development.