How has your background in kinesiology and chiropractic impacted your training and coaching?
My careers as a therapist and an athlete can be at odds, but understanding my body better has allowed me to know when and where to push, take risks but not unnecessary ones, and how to rehab injuries. This has helped me stay competing at a high level for a long time.
Transcript: "I think my careers as a therapist and as an athlete are somewhat at odds at times. There's probably things that I wouldn't recommend that people do that I do. But I think a lot of it depends on your goals, you know, and those are the big conversations to have with people as a therapist, you know, not everybody's goals are the same. So I think understanding my body better, knowing how things work, having a good grasp of how to rehab injuries, how to identify, you know, what hurts and what's an injury, you know, the difference between hurt versus harm, what's gonna have long-standing implications, and what just sort of bugs you right now, are important. And I think the more that you know about that stuff, the more you feel like you're in control of your body and your training. So I'm able to give better feedback sometimes to my own coaches. I'm able to sort of decide when and where is the right place to push and when it's not and when it's more appropriate to back off. And I think that's contributed a lot to my longevity in the sport and allowed me to stay competing at a high level for a long time. You know, I do take risks and I'm hard on my body sometimes, but I try not to take unnecessary risks. And that's a big difference over time."