Updated: Aug 7, 2020
We had an opportunity to chat with our longtime client, Devin McCourty to gain some insights into how he managed to take care of his body as he is going into his 11th season of the NFL.
Here are some key takeaways from the interview
1. Be accountable for your own health and create a daily routine that sets you up for success.
It is extremely important to understand that being healthy is a lifelong process that involves a day to day process. Being healthy means being accountable for your exercise routine, sleep, and eating habits.
2. Get to know your body and find supporting people to help you maintain your health
Take the time to get to know your body. Understand the difference between pain vs. injury and find people (physical therapist, massage therapist, fitness coach, and nutritionist) to help you overcome that problem before it gets worse.
3. For parents and young athletes, play multiple sports and don’t specialize early
Learn different motor skills by playing multiple sports instead of focusing on just one. Devin contributed his success in the NFL from years of playing basketball in high school. Each different sport will challenge other aspects of physical athleticism. By learning your weaknesses early on, you can find ways to improve them as you keep climbing up to a higher level of competition.
Please share this with any parents of athletes who have an aspiration to play at the highest level in their sport.
Feel free to send us an email if you want us to help you get to the next level or if you are dealing with some pain and injury right now firstname.lastname@example.org
Always in your corner,
The Myokinetix Team
About the Author: Dr. Natty Bandasak received a B.S in Kinesiology in 2012 and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016. He was a National Level Olympic Weightlifter and competed in swimming, soccer, and lacrosse in high school. He also has experience in 1:1 personal training, CrossFit and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He is currently a Physical Therapist treating an array of conditions including athletic injuries/return to sports training, post-op, concussions, and other orthopedic conditions. His goal is to help athletes and active people overcome pain, prevent injury, and improve performance so they can live their lives with no restriction.