Yul’s video – inspiration

Click PLAY or watch a snippet on Twitter.

College Basketball superstar Sabrina Ionescu

Kobe’s been seriously assessing her game. She’s one of the greatest all time.

Click PLAY or watch Sabrina on YouTube.

Though Sabrina’s got one more year at Oregon, if she DID decide to go Pro early she’d likely be the #1 WNBA draft pick.

Qualifying for the Final 4 for the first time ever, the Ducks lost to Baylor and did not make the final.

After the loss, Sabrina wrote her fans a letter. She’s a class act.

Auburn’s Sam Cerio injured

A terrible landing on Floor. Handspring Double Front.

Click PLAY or watch how her team reacted on Twitter.

#StickItForSam

Sam’s an aerospace engineering major who, upon her graduation in May, has accepted a job to work for Boeing in Seattle.

No Regrets after the meet

When you get to the big show you leave it all on the floor. It’s 100% go.

Do NOT be cautious.

If you miss, you miss. But if you HIT … 🙂

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Umme Salim-Beasley at Rutgers

Salim-Beasley took over as head coach at Rutgers in May of last year.

Salim-Beasley and her coaching staff—Michael Rosso and Anastasia Halbig, who previously worked with her during her head coaching stint at Temple—set out to work on something that is at first intangible but makes a visible impact in the long run: the team culture.  …

“[Culture] is everything,” she said. “It creates common goals and encourages us to support each other through everything, which ends up washing away any little conflicts because everything is already in place. …

Senior captain Riahanah Ali said she and her teammates could sense the new coaching staff’s commitment from the start. …

College Gym News 

For RECOVERY from exercise SLEEP is priority

Christie Aschwanden has a new book that’s getting a lot of attention, especially from coaches of endurance athletes.

The main takeaway for me was improving quality and quantity of sleep had the best potential for feeling more READY for the next training.

In one study a group of athletes spent 10 hours / night in bed, whether or not they were sleeping the whole time.

She found that many of the commercial products on the market had negligible effects on recovery. Often the placebo had the same result as the supposed recovery aid.

Recovery is very individual. And complicated.

She found that ice baths can “work” in that they make many athletes feel better (later), even if you’re not actually changing anything in the body.

Personally, I find the best strategy for the coach is to do an assessment of readiness to train at the beginning of workout, and adjust the plan based on that assessment. On a GOOD DAY do more. On a BAD DAY do more basics, less impact.

One season I had the girls do one rope climb during the warm-up reporting back to me how it felt. That was a good indicator, I found. We changed the load (e.g. tumbling reps) based on how they were feeling that day.

Amazon – Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery

Christie Aschwanden is an award-winning science journalist.

She was the lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight for many years and is a former health columnist for the Washington Post. …

She was a high school state champion in the 1,600-meter run, a national collegiate cycling champion, and an elite cross-country skier with Team Rossignol. She lives and occasionally still races in western Colorado.