Everyone is slightly wired differently genetically – everyone has specific gifts and innate abilities for creating and awakening their individual greatness and excellence in athletics.

As we know there will always be different levels of athletic achievements. However, there are many holistic and sustainable methods that a coach can utilize to cultivate the unique greatness that lies within each athlete.

Yes, genetics are important- however superior and elite performance is realized and attained by lesser gifted genetic athletes. Here are 4-6 reasons why this is based on scientific studies:

1. Mental Toughness: According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, mental toughness plays a significant role in athletic performance. Athletes who are mentally tough are more likely to succeed, regardless of their genetic predispositions. They are able to overcome obstacles, bounce back from failures, and stay focused under pressure.

2. Training and Practice: A study in the journal Nature found that practice can outweigh genetic advantages in sports. The study showed that athletes who trained intensively improved more than those who relied solely on their genetic gifts. This suggests that hard work and dedication can level the playing field.

3. Nutrition and Hydration: Proper nutrition and hydration are crucial for athletic performance. A study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that athletes who followed a balanced diet and stayed hydrated performed better than those who did not, regardless of their genetic makeup.
4.Recovery and Rest: Rest and recovery are just as important as training. A study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that athletes who took adequate rest and recovery time performed better than those who did not. This shows that taking care of one’s body can lead to superior performance, regardless of genetics.

5. Motivation and Passion: A study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that athletes who are passionate about their sport and motivated to succeed often outperform those who rely solely on their genetic abilities. This suggests that a love for the sport and a desire to succeed can lead to superior performance.

6. Coaching and Guidance: A good coach can make a significant difference in an athlete’s performance. A study in the Journal of Sports Sciences found that effective coaching can improve an athlete’s skills, confidence, and performance, regardless of their genetic predispositions.

In conclusion, while genetics can play a role in athletic performance, they are not the be-all and end-all. With the right mindset, training, nutrition, rest, motivation, and coaching, any athlete can achieve greatness.

In sustainable excellence,
Coach Michael