IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-17-2020)
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One of the most difficult challenges facing the high school student-athlete is how to bounce back from a tough loss or defeat, whether in a team sport or an individual sport.
Regardless of your sport, it’s going to happen. No one goes through a career without suffering a few tough and lingering losses. The key is how you overcome them.
I suggest you look at tough losses from two sides. First, what did you do well and second, where can you show improvement the next time out?
Be honest with your assessment. I’m sure there were some good qualities and attributes, even in losing. Be sure to build on those.
When you lose, there are always things you could have done better. Make it a priority to work on those things in the weeks ahead.
There doesn’t always have to be blame or shame after a tough loss. Sometimes the opponent is flat out better. In those cases you move on quickly to the next moment, making sure you are learning from both defeat or victory!
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