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But it's not perfect...

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 @ 06:09 AM



Since when did a project or a task have to be perfect before you shipped it?

How many times did “perfect” stop you from making a difference?

What if your project wasn’t perfect when you shipped it? What would happen?

What would happen if you did something crazy like include a movement screen into your traditional pre-participation screening? What if your strength staff and the sports medicine staff looked at the overhead squat pattern of each athlete during your screening process together and then implemented strategies to correct or improve this pattern in an effort to reduce future injury?

“But the research is iffy.  It’s not perfect.”

I know it’s not perfect. But how many of your cross-country athletes ran into a tree during training because they had bad eye sight? Yet we invested time in an eye screening test? Wouldn’t the overhead squat test although less than perfect mean more?

One of the challenges when making change, or should I say prevents change from happening is that most people are afraid of putting their name on something that is less than perfect.  The challenge for you then is to find a gap that needs filling and implement a plan that will improve the services to your student-athletes…

… even if it means being just less than perfect.


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