Hyper-Recovery Mode (Athlete Journal 45)

The following are some facts about the world of sports:

1) There are many different types of athletes.

Each type has its own characteristics and strengths. Some types excel at one thing, while others do well in multiple fields. For example, there are sprinters and long distance runners. Some people have a natural ability to run fast, but they don’t necessarily thrive best in other activities such as swimming or cycling. Other types excel in several things.

They may excel at basketball, soccer, tennis, etc.

2) Athletes vary greatly in their physical abilities and skills.

Some are very strong; some are extremely quick; some have great endurance; some can jump high or long distances with ease; and so forth. These differences create a wide range of athletic talents among athletes.

3) Sports require skill and concentration from the athlete during practice and competition events.

Skill development requires practice and repetition. Concentration involves focusing on what needs to be done in order to perform at your best during practice and competition events.

4) Training methods differ based upon the sport.

Some sports require strength training, speed training, stamina training, agility training, balance training, flexibility training, conditioning work and more. Other sports need less specific types of exercise such as stretching exercises or mental focus exercises.

5) Sport specialization is common within each sport.

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Specializing means to focus on one particular part of the sport and to ignore other parts of it. In other words, the athlete only trains for and competes in a limited number of events within a given time period.

6) Each person has their own goals and objectives when participating in a sport.

There are pros and cons to specializing in a single sport. Some people only participate in one sport during their childhood and teenage years. Other people participate in multiple sports during this time period.

7) Muscle groups, body types, and personal health all play a role in selecting the best sport or sports.

Some people are not built to be athletes. No matter how hard they try, they may never reach a professional level of play within any sport. Others people have a natural ability to become great athletes in certain types of sports.

Are you an athlete? Do you want to become a better athlete? What types of exercises do you need in order to improve your performance? How much time do you need to spend training? What factors influence your training?

These are just some of the questions that need to be answered in order for you to become a better athlete. The more you know about your body, the better you can prepare yourself for future sporting events.

It seems like there are so many things to think about when it comes to sports. However, if you can keep a few key points in mind, then it makes the process a whole lot easier.

Always remember why you are participating in a sport.

Are you playing to have fun? Are you playing to make friends? Are you playing because it makes you feel good about yourself? Or are you playing for some other reason?

Maybe you are playing because your family wants you to or maybe you are playing for scholarship money. Each of these is a valid reason; it is important to find the one that is right for you.

Remember that practice and training are important if you want to improve your skills. Everyone starts somewhere. Even the greatest athletes had to start at the beginning just like everyone else. No one was born with great athletic ability; everyone had to work for it. So, if you want to improve, you need to practice.

Find a sport that is fun for you. You are much more likely to practice if you find the sport to be enjoyable. There are so many different sports to choose from, there has to be one that you find enjoyable!

Always listen to your body. There is such a thing as pushing yourself too hard. If you are feeling pain during practice or competition, then you should stop and rest. Continuing to attempt a sports feat when your body is telling you not to can lead to long term injury and even permanent damage. That being said, it is important to remember that you want to challenge yourself.

If all you do is the bare minimum and never push yourself, then you will never get any better. Find that balance between pushing yourself and caring for your body, and you will be successful.

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These are just a few of the important points to remember when it comes to sports. There are many others that will be addressed throughout your high school career. For now, remember to have fun and enjoy yourself!

“I know I will enjoy this, but I also want to do well and make my family proud.” You conclude.

You arrive at the school early and meet with your new physical education teacher, Coach Aikman.

“First off let me say that I’m not a fan of beginners in my gym class. I much prefer working with those who actually take the sport seriously or at least have some natural ability for it.”

“I’ve always been active in sports, I’m sure you’ll find me a worthy participant.” You say to him confidently.

“We’ll see, now run around the track until I tell you to stop.” He says almost immediately after you introduce yourself.

You have to run five miles before he deems you fit to participate in class. Luckily for you though it isn’t run straight through; you get short breaks to catch your breath and drink some water.

“Alright, now you will be playing dodge ball with your fellow classmates. I’m sure you are familiar with the rules. The last person caught without being outed is the winner. Go!” Coach Aikman shouts.

You look around; it seems like everyone else already knew how to play this game, but then you aren’t put on the dodge ball team. You walk to the back of the line not wanting to get hit by mistake. The first person is out before you even have time to think. The second and third go out more quickly. By the time they reach number seven, only a few people remain.

You survive all the way to number thirteen, but that is when you are hit squarely in the face.

“Ow!” You shout while holding your face.

The gym class period is over and you receive a hall pass from your instructor to allow you to go the nurse’s office. On your way there, you notice that the hall is filled with cheerleaders doing one of their routines.

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Hey, isn’t that your girlfriend?”

One of your fellow classmates says to you.

You turn to see him pointing at one of the girls and then you shake your head.

“No way! She doesn’t even go here!” You exclaim.

After they complete their lap, you quickly run up to them and see if it really is Lucy. Much to your surprise it actually is her.

Hey, why are you here?

I thought you went to some private school.” You ask her.

“I did, but now my dad moved here for his job.

And why are YOU here?”

She asks.

“My mom and dad are back together and they sent me here because it’s a better school or something.” You explain.

“That’s nice.” Lucy says a bit distantly.

You are about to ask her if you can walk her to class when you notice that all the other girls have already left.

“I have to go, I’m going to be late.” She says and runs off.

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You sigh and head to the nurse’s office.

“You’re late.” The nurse says.

“I had a class first, and I had to talk to someone before my PE class…” You start to say.

“Save it. Here’s a permission slip so you can get back into class. Don’t let it happen again.” She says and hands you the slip.

You open your mouth to complain but decide against it, given her mood. Instead, you head to the cafeteria to grab something to eat before class.

“Ah, there’s my little ray of sunshine.” Mike says when he sees you.

Why is everyone calling me that?”

You ask.

“I don’t know, but I heard a new girl called you that yesterday.” He replies with a smirk.

You quickly eat your lunch and then head to your next class. On the way there, you bump into Lucy again.

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Hey, why are you going to that class?”

She asks when she sees you pass by the room with the cheer squad in it.

“I play the trumpet…” You say trailing off.

So, why do you have that look on your face?

Wait don’t tell me, you play for the football team too!” She exclaims.

“No, I’m in the concert band. I just don’t like the look of this class…” You say.

“So you’re a band geek too, well that explains a lot.”

You’re about to ask her what she means by that when you see the teacher coming down the hall. You quickly slip into your seat before he catches you late. You manage to make it through the class without problems, but you can’t help but notice that the cheer squad is staring at you the whole time.

Afterwards, you head to your real third period class and manage to make it there without any problems. Just as well since you would be hard pressed to come up with an excuse for why you were late.

The rest of the day passes relatively normally. You go home and spend the evening in your room doing homework and generally trying to keep a low profile.

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You glance at the clock and see that it’s 10 PM. You decide that it’s about time to head to bed. After all, you still have to get up early tomorrow to go to work. You fall asleep pretty quickly.


Your eyes snap open as you find yourself standing in the darkness. You look around and see nothing but inky blackness. You take a step forward and hear the sound of your footstep once again.

Just like last time, you have no idea where you are, only that you’re surrounded by darkness. Somehow you don’t feel afraid, just curious.

You take another step and then another one, but you never seem to move forward. You don’t see anything yet you can see yourself. Your figure is lit up by a blueish white glow, making yourself visible.

You step forward again and the darkness slowly starts to dissipate. You see trees off in the distance and the sound of birds chirping fills the air.

You keep walking and the darkness disappears completely. You’re in a forest now and you see a house just up ahead. Every window is lighted and a song plays that you don’t recognize. You start to head towards it when you suddenly feel something pulling you back.

You turn and see another candle light has appeared not too far behind you. The candle sits in the middle of a wooden table. There are two chairs, one on either side, and each has piles of papers on them. In fact you notice that there are papers everywhere. They cover the ground and it looks like it had been quite a storm before they were all folded up and placed perfectly.

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Curiosity levels of university student studying in the various departments by MB TURAN, Z KÖMÜR, M AYDOĞAN… – The Online Journal of …, 2012 – Citeseer