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A cup of joe

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 @ 06:07 AM

I’ve been blessed my whole life by having unbelievable mentors by my side showing me the right ways to do things, and more importantly being  there to tell me when I’m clearly off track.  Below is a quote from a mentor I’ve been lucky enough to cross paths with.  Joe Donahue is not only a true historian in sport and performance but he is also considered one of the very best throwing coaches in all of track and field.

“You will be a better coach if you write an article, or two.  It helps your mind focus on what it is that you do and how you do it.  Clinics are also a fine way if you combine them with practical result.  It sharpens your skills and helps you to define objectives. You don't need a "string of athletes," (to be successful) you start with one, watch the result and go to the next one always refining what you do.  In the end your success will be on the field.  Did your athletes run faster, throw further, jump higher?  If they did not, what you believe has no basis in reality. There is marginal effect from the weight room on an athlete's result the further you remove yourself from specific event needs.  It is more likely how you train than how much you lift.

It is a new beginning every day.”

Thanks Joe.

Art Horne is the Coordinator of Care and Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Men’s Basketball Team at Northeastern University, Boston MA.  He can be reached at

Topics: Strength Training, athletic training, Good to Great