Suggested Readings: Habits, Stress and Magic

On April 3, 2012, in General, by jcubos

The Right Habits by Charles Duhigg

  • Daily and game day rituals. Are they just superstitions or are they the right habits? Here’s a nice piece on the effects good habits may have on performance, especially come crunch time. This piece reminds me of when Gray Cook talks about the importance of having a standardized checklist, not dissimilar to pilots, to ensure that one stays on target.

Stress Tested by Alex Hutchinson

  • I really enjoy Alex’s work. This is a nice little piece that just may shock some of you. Personally, I am a big fan of this mindset. I think that we baby ourselves far too much and put ourselves in the “amber” a lot less than we should. For those of you in sport medicine, I urge you to reconsider your tactics when managing acute injuries. When it comes down to playoffs, by all means, do what you need to do to get the athlete back in the game. But early on in the season or even in the off season, you may just want to let the athlete’s body figure figure itself out. I’m not saying don’t do anything, but definitely let it do as much as possible.

Teller Reveals His Secrets

  • If you’re a clinician like myself, you’ll know that patient management goes far beyond muscles, joints, and nerves. You’ll also know that patient interaction plays a very big role in facilitating recovery. This article here may be helpful to you regardless of whether you work with patients suffering from acute or chronic injuries and essentially, it all boils down to “framing” the ideal patient visit.

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